Definition of intercut in English:



  • Alternate (scenes or shots) with contrasting scenes or shots to make one composite scene in a film.

    ‘pieces of archive film are intercut with brief interviews’
    [no object] ‘the action intercuts between the time periods’
    • ‘The same news director had an idea for a photo essay that would intercut shots of women in beauty salons and dogs at the groomer.’
    • ‘Tony's adventures are intercut with scenes of Brenda's increasing desperation as she is left with no money and a disinterested lover.’
    • ‘In the end, despite intercutting various shots of the ‘special rope’ that was used on the girl, the denouement seems somewhat flat and predictable.’
    • ‘The pain of losing love unites Yu with a young woman in the present day, as footage from one of Yu's silent, black-and-white films is intercut with scenes of a woman alone in her apartment.’
    • ‘The chase scene that follows is intercut with brief vignettes showing the bank officials glorying in the publicity the robbery has created.’
    • ‘Chatty, witty scenes are intercut with quotes from Voltaire, but the film also includes other cheeky references to that comic philosopher embedded in the plot.’
    • ‘In this regard, it is no surprise that the narrative of Ben's sexual affair with Mrs. Robinson is intercut with scenes featuring him either lounging in or submerged in the waters of the pool.’
    • ‘His editing is edgy, often favoring jump cuts and non-chronological constructions of scenes, for example intercutting glimpses of a fight with the conversation that preceded it.’
    • ‘These scenes of reading the letter are intercut with shots of her mother, in a reversal of the primal scene, attempting to eavesdrop on the conversation.’
    • ‘Director Byrum attempted to misdirect the censors by intercutting the same scenes shot in color with those in black-and-white as they would appear in the final print.’
    • ‘Every nude scene is intercut with shots of a slobbering, googly-eyed principal and his equally expectant sidekick.’
    • ‘Part of Sarne's method in telling his story was to quickly intercut archival film footage from the 20th Century Fox movie library.’
    • ‘The play reflects that, intercutting scenes of one girl's pregnancy with the research of two 10-year-olds.’
    • ‘These scenes are intercut not only with the four short films that unfold within this structure but also with media coverage of them on TV and radio shows.’
    • ‘Bertolucci seamlessly intercuts footage from the original and, in doing so, achieves a beautiful synthesis of life imitating art.’
    • ‘This story is intercut with scenes from Harry's books, which are relevant to the circumstances at hand.’
    • ‘It's perhaps inevitable that her screen time would be intercut with film clips, but I still resented the distraction.’
    • ‘Their dialogue is intercut with shots of their initial meeting when Jeffrey knocks Susan off her bicycle while crossing the street.’
    • ‘Preacher Man intercuts scenes set inside the Preacher's unholy church with images of a cowboy on horseback.’
    • ‘In Henry V, the warlike speeches are also intercut with reaction shots.’