Projekt 365 „A German Word“ #7: Zeitlupe

ZEITLUPE: slow-motion, commonly abbreviated as Slowmo. An effect in film-making whereby time appears to be slowed down. You’ve seen that many times. The SciFi „The Matrix“ for example was a milestone in the use of slow-motion with the visual effect known as „bullet time“, which allows the viewer to explore a moment progressing in extreme slow-motion as the camera appears to orbit around the scene at normal speed.
In slow-motion you’re able to examine things closely. Amazing discoveries are to be made. Things that are too fast for our eyes become noticeable. Slow-motion excites your curiosity and your spirit of research.

The English term is more precise but the German word ZEITLUPE is somewhat … err, let me put it like this: lovelier. And it implies so much more. „Zeit“ and „Lupe“ — „time“ and „magnifier“.

The deceleration of time, a slow movement. An attempt to stop the march of time. It’s as if your able to rule this unalterable physical quantity. Slow movement should be the order of the day. Take a deep breath, think for a minute or two and savour the moment. And eyeball something you did not notice before.


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