The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

5.x25 Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

The postwar surge in location filmmaking introduced new conventions of camera movement. One popular strategy was to introduce a recognizable landmark before panning to reveal a character. This technique vouched for the film’s authenticity, proving that real cameras photographed real actors in real spaces. Early in Night Has a Thousand Eyes, the camera pans more than 180 degrees to introduce the Bunker Hill neighborhood before disclosing the protagonist approaching his apartment building.

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