What cinematic innovations changed the course of film history?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While relatively recent in the field, I would say that many of the cinematic innovations that have become trademark of the Martin Scorsese film have changed the scope and sequence of modern cinema.  The use of quick edit cuts to help to increase the particular emotional timbre of a scene is one such cinematic innovation that Scorsese pioneered in order to merge cinematic aesthetic with thematic development of a film.  At the same time, Scorsese's use of cinematographic effects in different films have helped to transform the process in which the viewer understands a particular film.  Scorsese's use of camera techniques have once again helped to transform how one views the cinematic experience.  Scorsese's ability to use music in his soundtrack as both part of the plot, something that can be experienced by the characters in the film, and yet provide the soundtrack to accompany them is another realm in which his cinematic innovation is still felt in today's film.  The soundtrack of a Scorsese film is both a part of the narrative technique, but also one that exists outside of it.  Scorsese's attention to how music can help to narrate a story is another way in which his innovations have helped to change the course of understanding film, and film history, in general.