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  • Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease

    Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease

    May 11, 2011, 12:33 pm
    One of the musical-turned-movies that has always been close to my heart is Grease— I remember growing up and watching that movie, learning all the words to the songs (which I can still sing along to), and thinking that the social dynamic in high school would basically be like that. Well, I learned that that last point wasn’t actually the case in the real world, but at least I can nail every song at a karaoke bar.

    5. The One That I Want (Ooh ooh ooh, honey..)

    This sequence starts out great— building up a bit of tension and momentum with lively cuts and energetic group dances. However, it significantly loses steam about halfway through, when we end up watching the same angle and shot of Danny and Sandra doing the same move for too long. For such an energetic song, the cutting pace midway through didn’t keep up.
    4. Hopelessly Devoted

    Many of the musical numbers in Grease have a fairly low cutting ratio, but this one takes the cake at being one long take. That said, it makes sense contextually, and we aren’t bored throughout the song. Here we have another example of less is more as we follow Sandra around the front yard as she sings.
    3. Beauty School Dropout

    I love the variety of shots in this scene, especially because the majority of the musical numbers were shot like a musical on a stage rather than a movie, which at times can (unfortunately) deaden the energy. But this variety, along with a pace that matches and compliments the song, puts this particular number high on the list.
    2. Greased Lightnin’

    Here we’ve got a cutting pace that’s fun and a group of takes which make it even more fun. I particularly like the guys in the background when the T Birds first start to sing and dance— take a look at their expressions if you ever get a chance!
    1. Born to Hand Jive

    This musical number by far has the best energy and the best montage out of all the numbers, keeping smooth eye movement/continuity as well as a quick pace to compliment the song’s energy. While watching, you just can’t sit around and watch— you find yourself jumping up and doing the hand jive, too!

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