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Cutting Rhythms by Karen Pearlman

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CHAPTER 5

Physical, Emotional, and Event Rhythms

As discussed in Chapter 1, the movements of actors, on however large (whole body) or small (blink) a scale, are the explicit expression of their internal rhythms and emotions. Leisurely strolling and frenetic pounding have different rhythms. The timing and energy of the movement within them is their emotion made explicit, and this is the material being composed into the film's rhythm.

The movement available to choreograph into meaningful patterns of time is not limited to the human body. Movements in the world of the rushes are that world's explicitly stated rhythms. Water, for example, has certain properties of movement that have various meanings. Rushing, trickling, boiling, and freezing ...

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