The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

5.3 Spellbound

Because cinematographer George Barnes was unwilling to photograph this scene in Tolandesque deep focus, the crew constructed an enormous model gun, which wheels around to face the camera when Dr. Murchison kills himself. The resulting scene mixes together contradictory emotional appeals, asking us to imagine being in Murchison’s position while keeping our sympathies allied to Dr. Petersen.

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