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January 26th, 2011

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08:59 am - Slap-cut
This YouTube video is a compilation of face-slaps from a wide range of films, from Full Metal Jacket (D'Onofrio getting slapped) to The Three Stooges - also, Johnny Depp, Joan Crawford, Leslie Nielson, Al Pacino. It's interesting I think because of the wide range of emotional responses, and how they alternate very rapidly. Some are funny, some are exciting, some are repulsive. And then after a while (the whole thing is about 7 minutes) the cumulative effect becomes surreal, the sounds strange and unnatural (which of course they are).

This website is a collection of similar montages. For example: people saying 'I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you' or 'We're not in Kansas anymore'.

I like montages like this because they bring out a cultural trope for examination. In some cases what you get is how lazy screenwriters can be, but the slap-cut seems more interesting.

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