The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x18 Transatlantic

William K. Howard’s film beat Grand Hotel to the box office by setting a similar story on a boat. In the opening scene, cinematographer James Wong Howe and operator Dave Ragin execute several spectator crane and dolly shots to introduce various characters who have converged in a port. The sequence does the work of classical storytelling while evoking that fleeting quality that strikes so many critics as indelibly modern.

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