Meditation on Violence

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Meditation on Violence

dance short film

Meditation on Violence

Release Date: April 24, 1949

Year    :   1949
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Genres    :   Documentary
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Director    :   Maya Deren
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Writers    :   Maya Deren, Chi Chaoli
RunTime    :   12 mins.

Chao-Li Chi shadow boxes indoors and practices with a sword outdoors. Theoretically, the film describes in a single continuous movement three degrees of traditional Chinese boxing, Wu-tang, Shao-lin, and Shao-lin with a sword. A long sequence of the ballet-like, sinuous Wu-tang becomes the more erratic Shao-lin; in the middle, there is an abrupt change to leaping sword movements, in the center of which, at the apogee of the leap, there is a long held freeze-frame.

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