Being, Time, and Rhythm: How Cinema as Art is Life

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Rhythmic expression of time exists in three states: cinema, life, mind. When these expressions are in harmony, there is bliss. Rhythmic expression of film in harmony with man’s soul (implicit perception of time) equals acceptance of the aesthetic—declared art, love for the film. When film resembles life but not one’s soul, the aesthetic is rejected: not art. Clearly subjective, but art thus links those with similar spiritual convictions.

When reality doesn’t match one’s soul and life is disharmonious, one may use film to vicariously experience the expression of time which does harmonize with their soul—existing through art as expression from a kindred spirit (artist). Such film is transcendental; it takes on the forms of life and provides harmony to a viewer who is otherwise out of sync with the rhythmic pressures of their reality.

To find a place/setting/job etc. of life wherein one’s objective reality and one’s implicit sense of time are akin is to be in harmony with life. If one is lost, one either must find a reality that meshes with their sense of time—discovery of one’s self within reality. Or, one must use art—chiefly cinema—as a means of approximating that reality which meshes with one’s sense of time. Finding someone who lives in the same sense of time as you is to find love.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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