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The term 'freeze frame' comes from the world of film making. It refers to the technique of printing a sequence of the same frame of film to give the film viewer the impression that time has stopped momentarily.

The phrase has now moved into common parlance.

The freeze-frame technique has been overused to the point of cliche, to be sure, but I remember well the very first one I ever saw. It was at the end of Elvira Madigan, a 1967 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg and starring Pia Degermark as a tightrope walker (really) who falls in love with a soldier in 19th century Sweden. Their doomed affair has tragic consequences, which is where the freeze-frame comes in.

The love theme was Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. It made the charts as "The Theme from Elvira Madigan."

The whole thing impressed me so much I married the girl I took. I think we went Dutch.

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