Sometimes one half [of the screen] shows a character’s face and the other that character’s point of view; at other moments, the split screen is used to show different takes of the same shot. The two halves don’t always cut at the same time, which means that a scene might keep going on the right side of the screen while the next one starts on the left. The effect… is fascinating. Whether it’s ultimately meaningful, however, is a different question.
October 10, 2013