Managing the transition of time is among the most difficult yet least appreciated tasks of film directors and editors. The three films we have seen thus far have spanned very different time frames. Upon first glance, Life Is Beautiful seems to occur within two time frames–before the concentration camp and the concentration camp. Fargo appears to take place over only a couple days. The Godfather, on the other hand, spans several years over several time frames.
Using specific examples from one of the films, how does the film’s director and editors manage to indicate the passage of time. How long do you think the film or time frame within the film runs from start to finish. Why? What evidence from the film can you use to support your claim? (For example, how long were they prisoners in the concentration camp in Life Is Beautiful? How long was Michael Corleone in Italy?)