The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

5.12 Air Force

Cinematographer James Wong Howe argued that bumpy camerawork gave spectators a sense of “real participation” in the war film. Here, the camera wobbles unpredictably for a few seconds, pans awkwardly to the left, and then wobbles some more. Meanwhile, rubble crashes down, a flame ignites, and sailors fall to the deck.

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