To go back to the original discussion:
Italian directors in the 70's used it in very creative and different ways.
Passolini for example since the end of the 60's "Ucellacci Ucellini" (The
Hawks and the Sparrows), "Edipo Rex" and "Teorema" tried to express
different moods with slo-motion. Bertolucci in "Il conformista" and later in
"Novecento" (1900) should be mentioned. I am not sure about Fellini, but
Antonioni ( "Zabriskie point" already mentioned) and Ettore Scola "Una
giornata pariticolare" (A special day) should be considered.
In Scandinavia Bergman, (Cries and Whispers,) Jan Troell (The emigrants)
and Bo Widerberg (Joe Hill) used slo-motion in ways that could be said
unconventional from the Hollywood standard use of the technique.
I don't come into the French films of the period since they are all well
studied and known.
Ousmane Sembene makes important films in this period using slow motion to
emphasize scary ritual passges and in a very epic form to dramatize revenge
in the outstanding end sequence of "Xala"(The curse).
Paul Leduc makes in Mexico "Reed Mexico insurgente" and uses slo-motion in a
very lyrical way in some parts of that wonderful film. In Argentina "Cronica
de una senora" and "Heroina" by Raul de la Torre are films to look into.
I hope I will come up with more later
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