The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x16 The Women

The movement of the camera, always flowing from right to left, unites various women under the heading of femininity, here associated with an easily satirized search for beauty. No men appear in the film, but the implicit contrast with masculinity is striking. A film might represent a man serially when he is in a dead-end job or in the military or in prison, but a woman joins a serial formation in her leisure time. The mass culture of consumption offers women no escape from seriality.

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