A Study in Choreography for Camera (1946)
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For this groundbreaking avant-garde film, Deren filmed dancer Talley Beatty as he performed a highly condensed dance sequence in a variety of settings, from a forest locale, to a sitting room, and finally to a sculpture-filled courtyard. Deren directed the camera as if it were a dancer, expertly using cuts, varying film speeds, and backwards motion to create a dance that could only exist on film. As Deren wrote in 1965, the dance is "so related to camera and cutting that it cannot be 'performed' as a unit anywhere but in this particular film." This work is considered one of the first major filmdances, and has influenced generations of artists and filmmakers since.
After first viewing I thought: Hogwash.
But watching it second time, and paying more scrutinous attention to the cuts and the fluidity of movement while changing locales, I liked it much better!
after reading @john milton's comment I watched it a second time as well. The cuts and fluidilty do stand out when attention is paid to them.
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