The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

5.1 The Magnificent Ambersons

Although this sequence may represent George’s point of view as he walks down the street, we never see George onscreen, suggesting that this muddled city has already erased his presence. Indeed, the sequence shows no people at all, as if the horrible growth of the city were proceeding of its own accord, untethered to human needs. Compare to earlier city montages, such as 3.4. See also my video essay on The Magnificent Ambersons.

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