Gone in 60 Seconds

I have just watched a movie called ‘Gone in 60 seconds‘ 1974 by H.B. Toby Halicki.

This movie is great if you love car chases as this must have the ‘mother’ of car chases; but my interest is in the filming and editing.   The story is about professional car thief who is also an insurance man, steeling only known insured cars and using information from his insurance company to target the cars he wishes to steel.  There is some good examples of film montage using discontinuity-editing for example we have a scene where is female accomplice is calling up the targeted victims to arrange for them to bring their cars to a certain place where they can get stolen.  A scene set in the present or past of the girl on the phone making the arrangement is cut with a scene set in the future or present of the car being stolen.  There are is also an example of a typical cautionary shot taken, to be used as a solution for avoiding a jump-cut in a continuity edit, with a inter-cut inserting a shot of a Rolls-Royce car emblem in a scene when the Rolls is being stolen.

To add extra effect, I notice that in some scenes the film has been sped up to make the cars appear to be moving faster than they really were, this was however, well disguised in the editing.  Also in a scene were a car jumps over a road block the action was taken from several cameras and edited to stretch out the timeline including some slow-motion and cuts between cameras and repeated shots for maximum coverage of the stunt to the audience.

Halicki used repeated shots and also footage from real public incidents to add length to his movie.

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