One of the earliest non-commercial films on the subject of martial arts, Chinese master Chao-Li Chi performs Tai Chi for Maya Deren’s camera to a spare soundtrack combining Chinese flute and Haitian drum music.
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Movement and Space explored using the full emancipatory potential of the camera, Vertov-like. An attempt at co-immersion (with the subject) in the very forces - the momentum and flow - from which his physical movements derive, and which are themselves only the physical expression of an underlying idea (here, of martial arts philosophy). Beautiful, but more accessible after seeing her Study in Choreography for Camera.