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Just thinking about the original query:
 
A late 70's film which certainly deserves mention is Caroll Ballard's 1979
film, "The Black Stallion" whose lyrical use of slow-motion tends to romanticize
the movements whereas Peckinpah uses it in "The Wild Bunch", circa 1969, to
effectively portray the horror of violent death.
 
Incidentally, in 1969 when I directed a baseball film we shot every play at
30 frames per second so that the actions could be seen more accurately...and
noone was aware of the slower-motion.
 
So someone please tell me, what exactly is slow-motion? 48, 60, 72, or more
frames per second? Isn't is, more often than not, an arbitrary decision made by
the director and his/her D.P.?
 
Thanks,
Rolf Brandis
 
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