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A belief that all animate and inanimate objects are infused with a common life force.

an′i·ma·tist adj. & n.
an·i·ma·tis′tic adj.
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Adj.1.animatistic - of or pertaining to animatism
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The film, a brutal biopic of mid-level boxer Jake La Motta (De Niro), represented an evolution of Scorsese's visual style, using bold black-and-white photography and expressionistic boxing sequences (in which sound designer and sound effects editor Frank Warner included animal sounds to 'give the subconscious impression of animatistic energy and chaos' (14)).
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