The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.x14 Seventh Heaven

The protagonists climb the stairs to reach an attic apartment on the seventh floor, and the camera follows them higher and higher until they reach their destination. Although the effect was achieved with the help of a hidden cut (stitching together two separate shots of a somewhat shorter stairway), the end result is a brilliant metaphor for spiritual transcendence, making us aware of the presence of a camera and then astonishing us with this machine’s defiance of the laws of gravity.

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