The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

Intro.2 Mrs Miniver

Compare this shot with the example from Phantom Lady (Intro.1). Both demonstrate the same convention, dollying in to a subject's face to emphasize a moment of recognition. But the expressive effects are completely different. Here, Carol learns about herself as she speaks. The dramatic shift is subtle, and so is the camerawork--the gentlest dolly-in imaginable. In contrast to the brisk example from Phantom Lady, the dolly in Mrs. Miniver takes nearly 15 seconds to travel a foot.

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