The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x12 The Big House

In the prison genre, how do you represent characters as individuals while acknowledging that they are living under a regime mandating strict conformity? A scene from The Big House provides one possible answer, employing seriality to highlight the pairing of Morgan and Butch while suggesting that the contemptible Kent is barely worthy of notice. Robert Montgomery is one of the film’s stars, and the camera glides by him as if he were an extra!

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