On rhythm in film editing

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What is rhythm in film editing? Philosophical discussions of rhythm in film are divided in their treatment of the subject. Cognitivists and analytic philosophers treat it warily, if at all, as an object of study that is complex and hard to understand. On the other hand, continental philosophers embrace rhythm as a subject, but make their discussions complex and hard to understand. This chapter aims to provide a bridge between the two. It attempts to demystify what rhythm is, how it is shaped and what it is for, while still respecting that it is, in both a film editor’s and an audience’s experience, a felt phenomenon. The intention is to provide an analytic discussion that offers an explanatory framework for the embodied and affective experience of edited rhythms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures
EditorsNoël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa-Knoop, Shawn Loht
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030196011
ISBN (Print)9783030196004
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • rhythm
  • film editing
  • embodied cognition
  • timing
  • pacing
  • trajectory phrasing
  • tension and release


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