The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

6.6 The Big Clock

The uninhibited camera is able to move anywhere without a (visible) cut. At first, the privileged knowledge seems empowering to the spectator. There are dozens of guards looking for the protagonist, but we spot him right away! However, the voiceover’s questions actually reinforce our awareness of our own ignorance. George knows exactly where he is, and we do not. The subjective voiceover reveals one sort of information; the hypermobile camera reveals another; neither provides complete understanding.

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