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Béla Balázs

Only at the end of the road do we see the man himself at the climax of his dramatic struggle, Wc see him still crawling forward on all fours, then wc see him sink down and swoon. Theoty was acting, in the true sense of the word. X EDITING Incwtable interpretation; When the scissors lie; Pictures have no tenses; Time in the film; Time as theme and experience; Continuity of form and atmosphere; Creative editing; Idea-associative editing; Flashbacks; Metaphorical montage; Poetic montage; Allegoric montage; Literary metaphors; Associations of ideas; Intellectual montage; Rhythm in montage; Speed in action and speed in cutting; Balwzs in ritardando, shots in uccekrmdo; Length of shots; Rhythm of ablazs sound iim; Musical and decorative rhythm in cutting; Subjective cutting; Walking; Sport in the film; Inexpressive sport.

There is no reason why we should renounce one sort of human achievement in favour of another. What is wanted is a responsible public and canny aestheticiste.

It was the old principles, inapplicable to a new art, which smothered the new principles at birth. The manufacturer brings in blacklegs. Theoy was able to make us feel nerve-rackingly the sultry tension underneath the superficial calm; the fierce storms raging under the surface were made tangible by mere microscopic move- CAMERA RHYTHM 85 ments, by the displacement of a hair.

Hence the most deep-felt human soliloquies could not find expression on the stage. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. He looks into his wife’s frightened eyes with a hard look and we are convinced that the bandits believe him when he says that he does not know this woman. Lilian Gish, the loving, trusting girl cannot believe her ears, or rather she is incapable of realizing all at once that her life is in ruins.



These mm chaaeters of a new kind who ghe been introduced into Ac old art of the fteato by tibie new technical possibEi- ics. Here no riders gallop, no boxers exchange blows.

The manufacturer’s factory police fire on the strikers. It is interesting to observe that in a film in which balzs see onlookers watching dancers dancing, the motionless public appears more realistic to us than the dancers who are in rapid movement.

The anatomy of an English aristocrat’s face may bear a noble, handsome expression, the physiognomy of an ancient racial culture. Only the film can offer the possibility of such expression, for the close-up can lift a charac- ter out of the heart of the greatest crowd and show how soli- tary it is in reality and what it feels in this crowded solitude.

But let no one think that Theiry want to bring back the culture of movement and gesture in place of the culture of words, for neither can be a substitute for the other. The spectator knows from the previous scene that a woman is in the next room. Nothing moves in the vault save bakazs hands of the clock. This appears crdlbte thr evoryone. The gestures and mimicry of baazs are not an accompaniment to words which have been spoken and which wc cannot hear, but the expression, by means of ges- tures, of the profound experience of music, the music that lives in the depths of silence.

Also lectures on films in Poland and at Prague University. Then the close-ups of the trail mark the beginning of an exciting drama.

Béla Balázs – Monoskop

The silent film is free of the isolating walls of Ian- guage differences. In each of the shapes defined by a thousand different outlines we o recog- nize one and the same object, for they all resemble their com- mon model even if they do not resemble each other. What is tihe explanation for this? The movement of tongue and lips was at first the same spon- taneous gesturing as every other expressive movement of the body.


Russian audiences broke into spontaneous applause when they saw this scene. His struggle with a demoniac rocking-chair from which, once seated, he cannot escape.

Only the pantomime has genu- inely mute characters and hence this is a basically different form of art. The man of visual culture uses these not as substitutes for words, as a deaf-mute uses his tiniiers.

The Siberian cousin came home pale and grim. The objects only re- fleet our own selves, and this is what distiiiguishcd art from scientific knowledge although even the latter is to a great extent subjectively determined. There he looks, not at the empty festive table, but at a bench laden with retorts, test-tubes and other apparatus, cheerfully glittering tools of his life’s work, his ever-faithful loyal friends.

Because I believe that we have now come to such a doubling back in the development of the film, when the already once accomplished and then again lost achievements of the silent film are about to be revalued and restored, I want to quote here what I wrote in about the silent film: The bourgeois liberals and the moderate Socialist intellectuals also wear their distinctive mark on their foreheads, and when the sailor bars their way on the bridge, face faces face, and two different conceptions of the world clash in two different, unmistakable physiognomies.