The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.7 Gold Diggers of 1933

With over-the-top absurdity, Berkeley mocks American capitalism’s commodification of female beauty by pushing the commodification to delirious extremes. The seriality of the composition suggests that any woman can be exchanged for any other, just like pocket change. The fact that the women are not identical adds to the film’s critique, suggesting how capitalism manipulates small differences to create the appearance of desirable variety in the midst of ceaseless repetition.

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