The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.4 Big City Blues

The protagonist Bud is a naive country boy who moves to the city. Upon his arrival, the filmmakers position Bud and his suitcases on a treadmill in front of a rear-screen projection. The background footage is gloriously dynamic, more like a city symphony than a realistic effect. Though our hero is destined for disillusionment, this early montage encourages us to share his initial feelings of wonderment.

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