IYes. I do think editing is indeed ‘the key to cinema’. Also referred to as ‘the final re-write’. The narrative story of any film is really made in the cutting room. Editing is the only technique that allows all the other components of filmmaking to truly work effectively. Most of the films from the 19th century didn’t rely on editing at all and this lack of craftsmanship is very apparent in the quality of most of theses films; there is no cohesive story; every part of the narrative is non-linear, thus making the story hard to understand. When a film is cut together and flows smoothly across shots with sequential seamlessness the magic of filmmaking is at its very best. There is not one aspect of filmmaking that is regarded as being a lesser component. All aspects of filmmaking are extremely important to capture the utmost essence of the filmmaking process, but editing can definitely be coined as being ‘the key to cinema.’ For instance, in the clip from ‘Children of Men’ there actually is one cut; when the moving car is being filmed driving along the road and we hear the beginnings of a conversation amongst the characters, then the scene cuts to the interior of the car and e see the characters talking. It is indeed a long shot, but there is still one cut. Even though it as one subtle cut it still as a vital part in the establishing transition of the scene. Had the cut not be used the audience may not have been able to visualize an exterior setting of here the car as driving. The cut enhanced the scene, story and performances in every way; if it was just a subtle enhancement. There are many films that neglect the importance of editing, but as I mentioned prior each element of the filmmaking process, i.e. photography, mise-en-scene,sound, lighting, costume design, acting, writing are all equally important.