Turbulence and Flow in Film

Turbulence and Flow in Film

The Rhythmic Design
Yvette Bíro
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/12/2008
Format: Paperback 21 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21965-7
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Little attention has been paid to the temporal aspect of filmmaking. Turbulence and Flow in Film describes how pace and rhythm create meaning and how film gains its fullness through the flow of images and the speed or slowness of the dramatic action. It demonstrates that the quick or restrained breathing of the sequences is not a secondary element but rather provides the spirit and ambiance of the work.

Yvette Bíro thoroughly analyzes this overlooked subject, examining various methods of temporal articulation. Relying on the richness of both classical and contemporary cinema, the author revisits the great masters such as Bresson, Ozu, Tarkovsky, Bergman, and Antonioni, as well as the directors of the Nouvelle Vague. In addition to discovering the new contributions of Asian cinema, she also discusses newcomers, including Jarmusch, Kaurismaki, and Kiarostami.

Author Bio

Yvette Bíro, essayist, screenwriter, and professor emerita at NYU's Graduate Film School, worked on a dozen prize-winning films with noted directors in her native Hungary. She has published numerous essays and translations, as well as ten books on film, including The Metamorphosis of the Image, The Seventh Art, and Profane Mythology (IUP, 1982).

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Table of Contents


1. Volatile Time
2. Setting the Pace
3. Intricate (Extended) Story Structures
4. Detours
5. Seeing in Time: Quasi una pausa
6. Repetitions or Reprise
7. Odysseys
8. Everyday Rituals
9. Endgames
10. Strategies of Time

Selected Bibliography