While we might be more likely to remember big moments and dramatic images, it’s the little details that help you fully appreciate a filmmaker’s mastery of their craft. In “5 Brilliant Moments In Film,” Cinefix looks at five classic movies from a nontraditional perspective, focusing not on their most famous scenes, but on some of the little moments that operate, subtly, on our perception of story. 

Analyzing scenes from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Inglourious Basterds (2009), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972), and 127 Hours (2010), Cinefix considers how sound design, framing, and other subtle technical and narrative devices affect how viewers experience a scene. “Cinema is a distinctly visual medium,” explains Cinefix. “While novels have the ability to dedicate pages of their story to the internal and complex, cinema is forced to find a way to show it.” In the video essay above, Cinefix reveals how filmmakers convey emotions, decisions, and revelations with images instead of words.

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