The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.13 The Last Performance

When the patrons lock their eyes onto Erik, the film alternates between two matching movements: an apparent crane up toward the patrons and an apparent crane down toward Erik, staring directly into the camera. Although these upward and downward movements look like crane shots, production photographs reveal that Hal Mohr’s crew constructed a platform dolly and pulled the camera up and down a steeply sloping wooden board.

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