The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.x25 Lonesome

The film’s first shot takes the point of view of a camera perched on the front of an elevated train. Pointing up and to the right, the camera shows buildings zipping by in the foreground, while skyscrapers loom beyond. Then the camera pans to the left, revealing a perspectival image of the train tracks winding through the city. With its two distinct halves, this shot offers a dialectical picture of the city. The first half of the shot is disorienting but exciting. The second half shows the orderly containment of energy.

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