The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.10 Gold Diggers of 1933

Recalling the window-to-window sequence of Sunnyside Up (see 3.x27), a craning movement in the “Forgotten Man” number unites the African American singer Etta Moten with two white women, the pain in Moten’s voice giving expression to their suffering. War and poverty have brought these women together, but the camera movement separates as much as it unites. The apartment’s rooms are far apart, isolating each woman within her respective window frame.

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