The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

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One scene shows the Boy with his clothes in disarray, suggesting that we are about to witness a fight scene. The camera then dollies back to reveal that he is fending off a crowd of shoppers at the department store where he works. Following the logic of the “revelation gag,” the tight framing has pushed the spectator to make a false assumption, which is corrected when the camera dollies back to reveal a larger picture. 

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