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Tony Williams <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 15 Aug 1996 11:25:29 CST
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 Re: INCIDENT AT OWL CREEK (1961), slow-motion devices occur both on the
visual and audio levels. When Peyton emerges from the river (his loosening of
the rope appropriately filmed in slow-motion for underwater sequences, the
Jackie Chan FIRST STRIKE: POLICE STORY 5 [1996] being another example) the
viewer sees the Union Soldiers on the bride from his first-person perspective.
They are shot in slow-motion. Furthermore, their cries are also in slow-
motion. We hear the slowed-down line "Peyton Farquar. You're caught like a
rat in a trap." The slow-motion sequence lasts until the sentry fires at
Peyton. Then, normal time resumes.
  We often neglect sound as well as image in viewing film despite the
importance of this element as Silverman, Amy Lawrence, Rick Altman and others
have shown.
  Tony Williams
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