The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

6.4 Sorry, Wrong Number

An extreme wide-angle lens allows the camera to approach within a few inches of Barbara Stanwyck’s face, resulting in a grotesque close-up of the star. The insistent tightness of the frame expresses a sense of increasing entrapment; the too-close positioning of the camera expresses a corresponding sense of impending violence. Compare to Intro.1 from Phantom Lady and Intro.2 from Mrs. Miniver.

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