The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x37 Looking Forward

Early in the film, the benevolent owner Service is riding in an elevator with Benton, a kind but unambitious accountant. Rather than rely on rear projection, the filmmakers stage the scene in a real elevator, which opens up onto four separate floors, allowing extras to walk on and off. The unity of this proto-Wellesian shot, displaying all four floors in wide-angle deep focus without a cut, symbolizes the unity of the company.

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