The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.x24 The Man Who Laughs

When Gwynplaine looks at the crowd below, the camera suddenly descends toward the ground. The subjective shot represents Gwynplaine’s fear of falling rather than the fall itself, and it closely resembles a moment in the German film Variety. Both films use a descending camera to represent a fall that occurs only in the protagonist’s mind.

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