The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x38 Looking Forward

Just fired, Benton leaves his boss’s office and descends mutely on the escalator. Previously, an ascending elevator shot had depicted the company as a family—everyone moved up together (3.x37). Here, Benton moves down, all alone, with the vast expanse of the store stretching off into the distance, signifying an opulence that mocks Benton’s misery. Compare this to the post-firing shot from Employees’ Entrance (3.x35).

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