The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

2.14 You Only Live Once

The newspaper scene comments on the cinema’s flow of disclosures with a remarkable degree of reflexivity, using camera movement to expose the filmmaker’s power to lead—and mislead—the audience. The filmmaker’s seeming omnipotence does not provide the spectator with a feeling of omniscience. If anything, our awareness of the shifting frame heightens our awareness of our own ignorance.

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