Saw the digital restoration of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) at BFI Southbank last Wednesday. Getting on for four hours long with ‘play in’ music, intermission, a fire alarm and this famous match cut. A dissolve was planned, but the editor, Anne V. Coates, saw it cut together before the optical had been delivered and realised that it worked fantastically as it was. Little White Lies’ Matt Thrift describes the edit as ‘visual onomatopoeia’ and cinema’s most ‘breathtaking match cut.’

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