Krin Gabbard wonders:
"May I take the liberty of expanding this discussion just a bit and ask if
anyone can come up with the EARLIEST examples of slow motion in narrative
cinema? In _A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema_, Robert Ray traces i
back to _Zero For Conduct_ (1933), but I think we might also give Bunuel cred
for a bit of slo mo in _Un Chien andalou_. Anything else?"
"Firsts" in cinema history are always questionable, but Murnau used
*fast* motion and stop-motion (as well as some slo-mo?) in NOSFERATU.
Rene Clair used slo-mo extensively ENTR'ACTE, and I believe that
Leger used it in BALLET MECHANIQUE as well. Eisenstein certainly
*discussed* the potentials of slo-mo (along with everything else), and
I think, may have used it in STRIKE in particular.
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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