Film Language Tag: cutaway
1. A brief shot that is related to, but not part of, the primary action in the scene where it appears.
Cutaways are often used to draw attention to a pertinent detail, to show the passage of time, to foreshadow a future event, or for symbolic or comedic comment upon a scene. For example, the passage of time can be shown by cutting to the hands of a clock, or cutting to clouds moving across the sky or the changing of the seasons in time-lapse photography. Comedic comment could include showing a train entering a tunnel, or a ship entering a harbor, as a metaphor for a sex act. Although this sort of cutaway was not originally supposed to be funny, it has since become so cliché that it cannot be used seriously. Cutaways can also help an editor build a scene when the individual shots do not edit together smoothly, for instance cutting to an audience reaction shot to hide the cut between two takes of a stage or dance act.
USAGE: A cutaway should not be confused with an insert shot, though the two terms are often used interchangeably.
2. A shot taken with the intention of using it as a cutaway during editing.
72 Film Clips
A Job in Town, Certain Women
Jamie (Lily Gladstone) finds Beth (Kristen Stewart) after searching Livingston's law offices for her. On her drive back to Belfry, Jamie falls asleep at the wheel.
A Recommendation, Bellissima
Maddalena asks Annnovazzi to help her get Maria a recommendation for the film role.
A Technocracy, Alphaville
Lemmy (Eddie Constantine) finds Henri Dickson (Akim Tamiroff), a fellow agent, and learns more about Alphaville.
A Trip to the Seashore, Jules and Jim
Jules (Oskar Werner), Jim (Henri Serre) and Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) take a trip to the seashore, where Jules asks Catherine to marry him.
Adapting is Shameful, Adaptation.
Leroache and Susan talk about natural adaptation as they drive.
Adelaide Confronts Red, Us
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) confronts Red (Lupita Nyong'o) who has captured her son, Jason Wilson (Evan Alex). As Adelaide creeps up behind Red, weapon in hand, Red begins a monologue about her life as a tethered. The monologue is overlayed with images of Adelaide and Red as young girls. The twist that Adelaide was originally a tethered is revealed.
Bagby Springs, Old Joy
Mark (Daniel London) and Kurt (Will Oldham) finally arrive at Bagby Hot Springs.
Blaylock's Demise, The Hunger
Sarah (Susan Sarandon) kills her boyfriend Tom (Cliff De Young), and Miriam (Catherine Denueve) comforts her.
Brawl Breaks Out in Sal's, Do the Right Thing
(TW: use of the n-word) Sal (Danny Aiello) smashes Radio Raheem’s (Bill Nunn) boombox, starting a fight between his family and the residents of the neighborhood that spills out onto the street
Call and Response (German-Language Version), Nosferatu the Vampyre
After discovering that Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) is plaguing the town, Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) attempts to kill the vampire.
Cardinal Volleyball, We Have a Pope
The Pope had a nervous breakdown and has gone missing after the Papal conclave. The cardinals do not know that he is missing because the manager of the Vatican has placed a Swiss guard in the Pope's quarters to make his room seem occupied. While the Cardinals are waiting for the "pope" to emerge from his room, the psychiatrist who was hired to treat the Pope organized a volleyball game for the Cardinals. This scene captures the Cardinal's joy and commitment to the game.
Celebration With Italo, The Conformist
Marcello joins Italo at a celebration with other blind people.
Christ the Labourer, La Dolce Vita
Marcello's news helicopter follows another helicopter carrying a Christ statue, while a group of girls watch.
Closing Remarks, Exit Through the Gift Shop
Thierry, Banksy, and Fairey all give closing remarks to end the documentary.
Closing Sequence, Zero Dark Thirty
Maya (Jessica Chastain) identifies Osama bin Laden in a body bag. Realizes he is actually dead, she sheds tears on her way home.
Comanches at the Edwards' Homestead, The Searchers
The Edwards family attempts to secure themselves before the arrival of the Comanches.
Contrastive Organisation, Mondo Cane
The practice of eating unusual foods in Asia compared to America is discussed.
Dead Men Don't Lie, Rashomon
The priest, the commoner, and the woodcutter wonder about the plausibility of the dead samurai's account.
Deus Ex Machina, Adaptation.
Susan and Leroache chase Charlie through the swamp.
Fausto Gets a Beating, I Vitelloni
Fausto (Franco Fabrizi) finds his wife Sandra (Leonora Ruffo) and newborn at his father's house. As he enters his childhood home, he is found at the mercy of his father, bringing out the child within him.
Feelings Unspoken, Nostalgia
Andrei (Oleg Yankovsky) talks with a little girl named Angela.
First Night in Paris, Frances Ha
Frances spends a weekend in her friends Paris apartment and tries to reconnect with old friends.
Free France, Casablanca
A French resistance fighter carrying visas and papers is chased and shot.
I Don't Understand, Rashomon
A priest and a woodcutter sit under Rashomon Bridge in the rain.
I've Got Boats to Build, Certain Women
Laura (Laura Dern) runs into her disgruntled client Fuller (Jared Harris) and reluctantly drives him home.
June Walker, The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye) schedules a lunch with June Walker (Cheryl Clark).
Kiss on the Riesenrad, Before Sunrise
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) have their first kiss on the Wiener Riesenrad.
Klan vs Ron vs Police, BlacKkKlansman
Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) runs to stop Connie Kendrickson (Ashlie Atkinson) from bombing Patrice Dumas's (Laura Harrier) home. Ron gets stopped by the police for catching Connie and unknowingly, Felix kills himself, Ivanhoe, and Walker by pressing the button to the bomb while parked right next to the car.
Kwame Ture, BlacKkKlansman
Brother Ture encourages his fellow Black Americans to unite and fight against racism.
Kwame Ture Speech, BlacKkKlansman
Civil Rights leader Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) recites a speech at a local rally hosted by the Black Student Union. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) attends, going in undercover on behalf of the police as Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) listen in. Ture speaks on the need to embrace Blackness and Black beauty, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam war, and the fight for racial equality.
Life Remote Control, Exit Through the Gift Shop
Banksy talks about Thierry's documentary, Life Remote Control.
List and Photos of Victims, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Sam and Guilia go over the names and murder photos of the assailant's victims.
Lynching of Jesse Washington Story x Klan Induction Ceremony, BlacKkKlansman
Jerome Turner (Harry Belafonte) recounts the lynching of Jesse Washington at a Civil Rights rally as it is cross cut with Philip Zimmerman's (Adam Driver) - posing as a white version of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) - induction into the KKK. Turner describes in detail the murder and we go back and forth between this and David Duke's (Topher Grace) white nationalist speech. All the while, Stallworth is watching the induction ceremony happen from a window.
Marzia, Call Me by Your Name
Elio and Marzia meet up and make love.
Mima's Performance, Perfect Blue
Rumi and the rest of the staff watch and choreograph Mima throughout multiple takes of a rape scene.
Money and Miles, Wendy and Lucy
Wendy (Michelle Williams) and Lucy get stranded in a small Oregon town when Wendy's car breaks down.
Nice Matzah Balls, Once Upon a Time in America
Noodles (Robert De Niro) and the gang (James Woods, James Hayden, William Forsythe) are hired for a bank heist by Joe (Burt Young), and turn on him.
Office Fight, Fight Club
The Narrator (Edward Norton) blackmails his boss (Zach Grenier). He then punches himself in the face and stages an entire fight against himself in front of the boss. He says it reminds him of his first fight with Tyler Durden. Once he's sufficiently bloodied, the police arrive and assume the boss was responsible.
One Little Girl, The Matrix
Trinity battles policemen and agents as she attempts to flee the Matrix
Opening Sequence , Once Upon a Time in the West
Three gunmen (Woody Strode, Al Mulock, Jack Elam) prepare to ambush a harmonica-playing stranger (Charles Bronson).
Pina's Death, Rome, Open City
Don Pietro and Marcello hide weapons while The Gestapo raid the apartment, taking Francesco away as a prisoner. They shoot Pina dead as she chases after him.
Plato's Cave, The Conformist
Marcello and his old professor, Professor Quadri discuss Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, In the Mood for Love
Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) rehearse their farewell before Mrs. Chan goes to room 2046 only to find Mr. Chow already gone.
Re-recording Mozart, The Death of Stalin
Maria must re-perform her piano recital to ensure Stalin gets a copy of the recording.
Rick Deckard, Blade Runner 2049
K talks to Deckard about his child.
Salammbo, Citizen Kane
Susan gives performs her first Opera show at Salammbo.
Sandstone, Certain Women
Gina (Michelle Williams) and Ryan (James Le Gros) stop at Albert's (Rene Auberjonois) to try to persuade him to sell the sandstone on his property.
School Law, Certain Women
Jamie (Lily Gladstone) stumbles into a night school class on school law taught by Beth Travis (Kristen Stewart), a young lawyer whom she invites to the diner afterwards.
Scott Pretends Not to Know Bob, My Own Private Idaho
Scott (Keanu Reeves) pretends not to know Bob (William Richert) after he’s received his father’s inheritance
Sean Parker, The Social Network
Mark, Eduardo, and Christy meet with Sean Parker over dinner and talk about The Facebook.
Searching for Guilia, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Sam tries to find Guilia.
Shall We Dance?, WALL·E
Wall-E and Eve attempt to dance to the music of "Hello, Dolly!".
She's Happy, Don't Look Now
Laura goes to help Wendy and Heather tells Laura that she saw Christine laughing and sitting with Laura and John.
Siberia 1956, The Dust of Time
In 1956, Eleni (Irène Jacob) sends off her son on train from Siberia to Moscow. Jacob (Bruno Ganz) is sought by an organ specialist (Ivan Nemtsev).
Talia Concept, The Great Beauty
Talia Concept, a performance artist, does a show at an ancient Roman aqueduct.
The Ballet Studio, The Conformist
Marcello and Anna talk at her ballet studio.
The Bird and the Slug, Old Joy
Kurt (Will Oldham) tells Mark (Daniel London) about an incident from the day before that reminded him of a dream.
The Candle and the Baths, Nostalgia
Domenico (Erland Josephson) explains to Andrei (Oleg Yankovsky) that crossing the steamy baths of Bagno Vignoni with a lit candle would save the world.
The Death of Gaby, Everybody's Woman
Gaby commits suicide.
The Farandole, The Conformist
Anna and Giulia dance the Farandole along with the guests at the dance hall as Marcello and Manganiello watch.
The First Rule of Fight Club, Fight Club
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) lays out the rules for Fight Club decided on by him and The Narrator (Edward Norton). This includes the well-known line, "You do not talk about Fight Club." The first fight begins, which includes someone from The Narrator's office. We flash forward to the following days where The Narrator explains that Fight Club only exists when you're in it—that in the outside world, it is not acknowledged. We see him and various other injured people go about their daily lives without talking about it.
The Robot Mesmerizes, Metropolis
The false Maria (Brigitte Helm) dances before the industrialists, causing chaos throughout the city, while Freder (Gustav Frohlich) suffers hallucinations
The Third Dream, Meshes of the Afternoon
The woman tries to kill her own sleeping body but is awakened by the man who leads her upstairs.
The Yardbirds, Blow-Up
Thomas follows the woman into a club and finds out The Yardbirds are playing.
To Germany, Landscape in the Mist
After saying goodbye to their friend Seagull (Ilias Logothetis), Voula (Tania Palaiologou) and Alexandros (Michalis Zeke) finally sneak onto a Germany-bound train.
Valentino in Chains, The Son of the Sheik
Ahmed (Rudolph Valentino), the son of the Sheik, is captured and held for ransom by Yasmin's father and told that Yasmin (Vilma Bánky) betrayed him.
Venerating a Saint, The Great Beauty
People from all over come to visit Santa Maria in Rome and get her blessings.
Witnesses of the Massacre, The Searchers
Ethan (John Wayne) and Marty (Jeffrey Hunter) return to their house only to find it burnt to the ground.
Would You Ask?, Before Midnight
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) reminisce about their first meeting and aging.
Yours Truly, The Searchers
Laurie (Vera Miles) shows her frustration at Marty's (Jeffrey Hunter) unwillingness to return to her. Meanwhile, Charlie McCorry (Ken Curtis) presents himself as a possible romantic partner.
10 Series Clips
I Don't Want It
"Be Right Back", Black Mirror: Season 2, Episode 1
Martha's friend signs her up for software offering an AI version of Ash to help her grieve.
Mia Finds Shazia's Family
"Crocodile", Black Mirror: Season 4, Episode 3
Mia attempts to tie up loose ends before her sons performance.
Shazia Interviews Mia
"Crocodile", Black Mirror: Season 4, Episode 3
Shazia discovers what Mia has done.
The Five-O Team Reviews Documents
"Death Is A Company Policy", Hawaii Five-O: Season 5, Episode 1
Attempting to find a mole in the unit who is working for a crime boss, The Hawaii Five-O team reviews documents on each of the team's members in order to find a clue on the mole's identity.
Ricky Ricardo Sings about His Ethnicity
"The Ricardos Visit Cuba", I Love Lucy: Season 6, Episode 9
Ricky (Desi Arnaz) performs and informs the Cuban crowd about two parts of his identity as a Cuban American
"A Chip Driver Mystery", The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 6
Eleanor talks to Simone about forgiveness and Michael joins Brent for golf.
"A Chip Driver Mystery", The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 6
Michael affirms his faith in humans to bad Janet and Chidi talks to Simone.
"Whenever You're Ready", The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 13
Eleanor accepts that she must let Chidi leave the afterlife.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Warn Madrigo
"War Horse", The Lone Ranger: Season 1, Episode 6
The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels) warn Matt Madrigo (Leonard Penn) about crossing into Indigenous land.
World's Best Boss
"Pilot", The Office: Season 1, Episode 1
A documentary team visits the Dunder Mifflin headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania to interview the staff. Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the regional manager, is showing the crew around.