A Visual Dialogue Map of Kevin Smith’s Clerks

Despite having almost no violence in the film, Kevin Smith‘s Clerks was originally given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA based solely on its graphic dialogue. Much like on Zack and Miri, Miramax was able to appeal the ruling and were granted an R-Rating without any cuts.

Wattsei decided to create a visual map of the profane dialogue in the film. Each colored block represents one second in the movie with individual blocks grouped into rows of sixty seconds. These rows form a single column the length of the movie. The color of each block indicates the character speaking at that specific moment in time, Seconds with no active speaker are indicated by a split grey black and character lines containing profanity are indicated by white dots in the corresponding blocks. I’m not sure the purpose of this exercise but its definitely interesting to look at. I actually think it would be more interesting to see a heat map of vulgarity, but of course, I am too lazy to create such a map.

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