Below I've provided a scale of pacing by director from fastest to slowest. It is based mostly on my general estimates of the cut-rates combined with a more subjective value of the overall pacing. It semi-averages across the director's entire career so, for instance, Tony Scott's hyperspeed "Domino" and brisk "Top Gun" are tempered somewhat by "The Hunger." Basically, I am trying to say this isn't an exact science.
I'd also like to mention that I don't consider fast pacing to be an intrinsically good quality nor slow pacing intrinsically bad. I am of the opinion that Bay and Schumacher are awful directors while Hsiao-Hsien and Angelopoulos are genius. Just the same, the pacing should be consistent and fit the aethestic of the film as a whole.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
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Woo, Michael Bay!
And a very “debatable” subject, although no one will question Bela Tarr’s position. I actually sat through Satantango in the cinema back then.... all I can remember after these years are all those cows.
Most of my favorite directors are in the middle of the list.
I am actually not extremely familiar with Tarr's work, but for me he has come the closest of any director to simultaneously incurring aesthetic pleasure and a coma. I have a mixture of fear and anticipation when it comes to approaching "Satantango."
No Baz Luhrman (I misspelled that, I know)?
An excellent suggestion! Luhrmann easily takes the highest place averaged across career. His scant three pics to date have all been well under 2 second per shot mark. Eisenstein, though he invented lightning cutting, is mellowed by his late career achievements that moved beyond pure montage.
It could be listed by geographical areas as well:
I don't know where insert African cinema, sorry.
I love it. I would put Africa somewhere around Mediterranean, but I've only seen films from a few African countries.
There is always the danger/fun of lumping completely disparate styles together. The only problem I see is that Asia hits all over the place. Consider:
golden age Japan (Ozu, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi)
Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)
Russia (unless we say "Far East")
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