The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x28 Street Scene

Over the course of forty-seven seconds, the camera pans to follow four separate characters: Steve (crucial to the plot), a woman with a stroller (a bit part of no consequence to the story), Mrs. Cushing (a minor speaking part), and Mrs. Jones (an important secondary character). By following both the principals and the extras, the film evokes the sense of contingency that was one of the play’s signature features.

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