The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

5.10 Fallen Angel

Is Stanton annoyed when Pop gives Stella the burger—or amused? Is Stanton attracted to Stella—or disgusted by her? A master of understated performance, Dana Andrews gives us few definitive clues in his wry facial expressions. Meanwhile, Preminger has placed Stanton in the background of a busy composition, slightly out of focus, making his behavior even harder to read with certainty.

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