The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

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Pépé le Moko sits on his window ledge and sings a song. The camera wanders away from Pépé to reveal his neighbors, who listen to the song with obvious enjoyment. The shot characterizes the neighborhood as a heterogeneous but thriving community: heterogeneous because casting and costuming create the impression of a chaotic mixture of races, genders, and faiths; and thriving because the camera movement sites this diverse grouping in a shared space.

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