The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.x25 Show Boat

After the boat pulls into town, a dolly along a crowd of white extras cuts to a very similar dolly along a crowd of African American extras, which cuts into a third dolly following two (apparently) white performers. Although the cuts enforce rigid segregation between the two crowds, with whites massed together in one shot and African Americans massed in another, the flowing movement across the cut hints at the forbidden idea that they might be linked together. Indeed, we later learn that one of the performers is of mixed race. Compare this sequence to 3.9

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