The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.x21 Street Angel

Compare this example with the two previous examples. In It (1.x19), an amplified point-of-view shot represents a desiring gaze. In Hotel Imperial (1.x20), the same technique connotes agency even more strongly, suggesting the gaze of a man of action. By contrast, Street Angel repurposes the amplified point-of-view shot to suggest the passive gaze of identification; Angela worries that she may need to turn to prostitution to save her mother.

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