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by Danny Baldwin

Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" centers on different types of drug addiction, and the film's formal style mirrors the psychological state of the characters when they use drugs. In this sequence, Ellen Burstyn's pill-addicted Sara moves in fast-motion as she cleans her home, the chemical high propelling her to a near-manic state. Touches of slow-motion and dissolves are also used to signify the passing of time, which for Sara goes by in a blink.

Clockwork Orange: Fast Motion (Syuzhet Compression)

by Michael Frierson

Stanley Kubrick uses fast motion to compress a scene in Clockwork Orange (1971) where Alex (Malcolm McDowell) invites two women he meets in a record store home to have sex with him. Shot in a single wide shot that is formally composed so that Ludwig Van Beethoven’s image on the window shade is centered in the frame, the under cranked camera and slow shutter speed produce blurred images as the "William Tell Overture (Abridged)," a fast paced, electronic version of Rossini’s original, melds sound and picture into a frantic burst of audiovisual energy.

Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000) — Drug Timelapse

Drug use makes time move a little differently in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream."

from Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Creator: Darren Aronofsky
Distributor: Artisan Entertainment
Posted by Danny Baldwin