The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.11 The Crowd

After a quick city montage, the film cuts to a low-angle shot of an enormous skyscraper—actually, a miniature lying on the floor. The camera appears to crane up, up, impossibly up, toward one of the higher floors, where it approaches a window. When the camera’s ascent turns into a descent, we realize the stark contrast between the camera’s seeming ability to go anywhere and John’s own fate, going nowhere.

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