The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

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This scene structures its point-of-view shots according to logics of gender and race. On the one hand, there is a clear contrast between the male gaze and the female gaze as the contrast between mobility and stasis echoes the film’s larger themes about the hunter and the hunted. On the other hand, the film represents the Indonesian man’s desire as inherently threatening. The rest of the film will work to neutralize this threat, reestablishing the white couple at the center.

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