The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.9 Sunrise

Sunrise develops its characterization of the modern city in a pair of sequences showing the couple crossing a dangerous street. Here, the camera physically follows the Man and Wife through perilous traffic. The movements are so erratic that the couple never stays in the center of the frame. Compare this shot with the following example (see link below), where a traveling matte effect creates the impression of stability amid chaos.

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