The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

4.5 Casablanca

After Renault steps forward, the film cuts to a close-up of Ilsa. Immediately, the camera follows Ilsa as she moves past Rick into a three-shot with Victor, Ilsa, and Rick. This changing composition carries thematic significance: after Rick’s (apparent) betrayal, Ilsa moves from Rick’s side of the room to Victor’s. Now she occupies a position between the two men, leaning closer to the one she admires and away from the one she loves.

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