The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.16 My Best Girl

Maggie, sitting on the back of a truck, deliberately drops a package in the street to force Joe to chase after her to return the package. The gag is staged in depth, with the camera on the moving truck and pointing back toward Joe, who races toward Maggie in the foreground. Boldly rejecting the convention of setting romantic scenes against pretty pastoral backdrops, Pickford’s film situates romance right in the middle of the dynamic city.

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