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Serene Velocity

  • Runtime: 23 min.


Serene Velocity established Ernie Gehr's reputation as a major American filmmaker and was one of the films that occasioned P. Adams Sitney's famous essay which coined the term "structural film." While Gehr would deny that Sitney's term had any meaning for his work -- as it focused too much attention on the formal aspect of his work, to the detriment of the psychological -- it is a term which has stuck. Serene Velocity is composed entirely of shots of varying focal lengths from a fixed camera position in...more