The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.8 Sunrise

The unpredictable swaying of the trolley expresses the Wife’s terrified confusion about her husband’s newly revealed capacity for violence and betrayal. At the same time, the relentless forward progression comments on the inevitability of modernity. The protagonists must stand by passively while the background changes from the countryside to the city, a change in landscape that will render their lifestyle obsolete.

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