Ginger pays close attention to…sound and editing

The other day I watched The Boondock Saints, I chose this movie because I wanted to examine a movie that I haven’t seen too many times.  I watched The Boondock Saints for the first time last year, I remember that there was a lot going on in the movie and noticed the picture and sound were different from most movies I’ve seen.   I love the editing! There was a lot of instances where it would cut to black which I liked a lot.  It did a good job of switching to mood.  My favorite part of the editing though was when it would show the brothers coming in and what happened-cut to-the detectives trying to figure out what happened-then cut back to- what happened next!  Sorry I am being annoying trying to explain it so here watch this clip and it will show you what I mean!!!

I loved the opening scene which is in a church in Boston for Saint Patrick’s Day Mass. The two brothers are shown kneeling while instrumental church music plays in the background, while a sermon is read which mentions Kitty Genovese, a real-life crime victim brutally murdered while her neighbors watched without intervening. As the priest begins his homily, the brothers approach the altar and kiss the feet of a crucifix- I noticed you can hear their boots hit the ground as they walk up the aisle. They kneel at the crucifix, say a pray and begin to walk out of the church.  They depart as the priest reminds the congregation that they should fear not just evil but also the “indifference of good men”.  As they step outside, you can hear the heavy wooden door open and the click of their lighters as they stand on the church steps smoking a cigarette. 


The scene I have decided to include is the Russian Mob in the Hotel Scene, here’s a little synopsis from imdb (aka the best website ever!!)!!

“The brothers resolve to rid Boston of “evil men” with the help of their friend and former mob package boy David “The Funnyman” Della Rocco.  The brothers trade in the weapons and valuables stolen from the mobsters’ bodies for their own, and use Connor’s knowledge of Russian to locate a meeting between Russian syndicate bosses at a local hotel. Crashing into the room through an overhead air duct, the brothers draw their guns and fire, killing the 8 underbosses. Forcing the leader, Yuri ‘Big Man’ Petrova to his knees, the brothers recite a short prayer:
“And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spirits Sancti.”
The two then execute him, placing pennies over his eye sockets, in which both of his eyes were shot out. While the brothers are preparing to leave the hotel, they are surprised to find Rocco dressed as a bellboy knocking at the door with a tray of food. They decided “to fuck with him” and pull him into the hotel, concealing their identity with masks, and threaten to execute him. Eventually they reveal their identity to Rocco, who decides to join the brothers in their mission. Once again, Agent Smecker is brought to the front of the murder case. The fact that all the killings involved the Russian Mob leads Smecker to the theory that the executions were the result of the feud between the Russian and Italian mobs.”

Okay so here’s the clip…ENJOY!!!!!!!!

So, right before where this clip starts the boys are crawling through a vent above the hotel room.  I noticed the only sound you heard while the brothers were crawling through the vents was the sound of the metal crumbling beneath them, however when the film cuts to the Russians, you can only hear the mob-boss talking.  When the brothers fall through the ceiling and start shooting you can hear action type music…which stops when they are reciting their prayer. After they shoot the Russian mod boss the screen goes black- then switches to black and white with no “sound” just church music playing as they place pennies over the eyes of the dead.  I think the music symbolizes the feeling that this is a “good” death, that the brothers are bring peace back into the world by killing these mobsters.


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