The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

6.10 Edward, My Son

In this six-minute take, the actors hit a series of carefully judged marks. Sometimes the composition gives priority to Arnold, as when he sits smugly on the table; sometimes the composition gives priority to Evelyn, as when she steps forward to express her fear. These shifts in emphasis are never absolute. As Arnold sits on the table, his smugness visibly contrasts with Evelyn’s nervousness. As she steps to fore, her fear visibly contrasts with his anger. In place of revelation and concealment, we have the unfolding play of emphasis and understatement. 

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