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Filmy Angely Schanelec mezi nudou a vzrušujícím očekáváním : Minimalistický pohyb v pomalé kinematografii

Title in English The Films of Angela Schanelec : Between Boredom and Excited Anticipation : Minimalistic Motion in Slow Cinema


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Iluminace : časopis pro teorii, historii a estetiku filmu
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords film; analysis; Angela Schanelec; slow cinema; berlin school
Description The analytical study analyses the films of the German director Angela Schanelec in the context of slow cinema. While existing scholarship on slow cinema emphasizes its oppositional relationship to rapidly accelerating contemporary Hollywood cinema and neoliberal capitalism, here the focus is on contradictions within slow films themselves. Drawing upon David Bordwell’s analytical poetics of cinema and Bordwell’s and Kristin Thompson’s neoformalist approach, this study proposes that Schanelec’s films are driven by mutually opposed, systematically developed types of motion that appear on the level of form and style. More specifically, slow or decelerated motion is often contrasted with unchecked or accelerated motion. As the detailed analysis of Passing Summer demonstrates, this film heavily decelerates motion on the level of narration (characters, events, spatiotemporal ellipses), which is then contrasted with a sudden isolated burst of unchecked motion on the level of acting. The following brief analyses of Afternoon and Orly then illustrate how the interplay of different types of motion changes across Schanelec’s ouevre. Afternoon features a similiar dynamism, this time on the level of style where a stable intrinsic norm, consisting of slow camera movements and close framings, is sporadically challenged by unexpected deviation. Finally, Orly evenly combines diverse types of suppressed and accentuated motion on the level of both form and style. As this study shows, slow films do not have to be exclusively understood as an opposition to an extrinsic dominant film practice. They themselves are full of various exciting oppositions and contradictions.
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