Rhythm of Life

1932 , Derby (East Midlands)

Experimental short film employing Soviet montage techniques.

Amateur filmmaker, cinema historian and railway engineer H.A.V. Bulleid pays tribute to his dual loves of cinema and rail in an experimental short film. Bulleid uses 'metric editing' - the first of Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's 'methods of montage' - in which cuts are dictated by the number and sequence of frames, not what occurs on screen. First, Bulleid pays tribute to cinema, featuring the facades of picturehouses around Derby in static shots, which build to a dazzling crescendo of short shots. The section on trains features longer views of the railyards in operation, with trains shunting and coming into the station, before a final section focuses on trams, following electric streetcars as they move down urban streets.

Featured Buildings

Alexandra Theatre, Derby; Alvaston Cinema, Derby; Cosmo Cinema, Derby; Cosy Picture House, Derby; Hippodrome Super-Cinema, Derby; Normanton Super Cinema, Derby; Popular Picture House, Derby; White Hall Super Cinema, Derby

Keywords

Cinemas; Experimental film; Railways; Trains; Trams; Transport

  • Director : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Script : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Camera : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Editor : H. A. V. Bulleid

Manifestations

Rhythm of Life

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    Unknown
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    Dimension
    Duration
    0:02:55
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734166
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    Unknown
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    Duration
    0:02:55
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734164
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    Canonical Title
    Unknown
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    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:02:55
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734163
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV342999
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:01:24
    Modification Date
    01/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732787
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV346130
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:01:24
    Modification Date
    31/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732776
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV208339
    Canonical Identifier
    2009/59
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    9.5mm film
    Colour System
    tinted
    Colour Type
    colour+bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    18/11/2009
    Parts
    Reference
    680923
    Sound
    silent

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