The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.15 The Human Comedy

The bright exterior lighting allows cinematographer Harry Stradling to photograph the park scene in deep focus, juxtaposing Tom and Diana in the lower foreground with the vividly costumed dancers in the upper background. The laterally moving camera treats each group as a separate entity, with its own dances, its own costume design, and its own music, suggesting that each group’s ethnic identity has been carefully preserved, not melted away.

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