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FTV4 | Questions: Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988) I once had a film professor tell me that Die Hard was the most important American film of the 1980s. Thinking about the film from a cultural perspective, I think there's a pretty strong case to be made for this. Die Hard encapsulates many of the cinematic trends that were happening at the time (e.g., the action film, the interracial buddy cop movie). It also mediates national anxieties about women in the workforce and Japanese economic power. Editing and Cinematography How does the film use editing and cinematography to create space, pacing, and temporality? Some sequences to consider: o McClane (Bruce Willis) inside the air duct. o Gruber interrogating Takagi. o McClane's jump off the roof: What are the different spaces the film cuts between? How does it use rhythm and pacing to create suspense? o The ending sequence. The film's tension is often structured around showing the audience what certain characters can't see. Editing structures our point of view, so that we know things that
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