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- Jaffe, I: Slow Movies
- Ira Jaffe
- 19 July 2018 Ira Jaffe
In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility, Agnes Varda has noted But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema s reliance on motion and action More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Costa, Jia Zhang ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Gus Van Sant and others radically adhere to space times in which emotion is repressed along with motion editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation action surrenders to emptiness if not death Enjoyable and hought provoking investigation within a field of cinema that deserved to be explored. A good crash course in much of the best serious cinema of the past 30 years or so There is, however, one glaring omission, the great Hou Hsaio Hsien My one quibble about the book is that it makes many of these films sound depressing which they are not Art, no matter what it is about, is never depressing Also, the author doesn t speculate as to why so many serious filmmakers have elected to make slow cinema rather than highly edited, fast cinema like Resnais was making in the 60s Only Malick has followed in Resnais footsteps Interesting that he has elected to buck the slow cinema trend.