T'ai Chi Ch'uan

  • United States

During the 1960s, Tom DAVENPORT was commissioned by National Geographic to film in Taiwan and had broad contact with numerous figures in Taiwanese culture. In his first documentary, he captured the philosopher NAN Huai-chin practicing Tai-chi at Taiwan's northeastern coast. Shot with a 16mm camera, the film features sound created by composer Tom JOHNSON, using white noise to mimic the sound of waves and sectioned by castanets and wind chimes. Back then, harbours, forts, and hillsides were all "sensitive regions’" where still and video photography were banned. According to the director, the film was completed after NAN Huai-chin pulled some strings with his military acquaintances.

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  • Original Title
    T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Black & White

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