The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.4 Sherlock Jr.

The protagonist is an aspiring detective who reads a guidebook advising him to trail the primary suspect. Taking the advice very literally, he walks one step behind the suspect for several yards. The humor of the scene arises from the incongruity between the story situation of two characters who cannot predict each other’s actions and the performance of two actors whose movements appear to be in perfect synchronization—with each other and with the camera.

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