The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

1.x18 The Cat and the Canary

When the portrait falls to the floor, a downward movement represents the point of view of the painting—an inanimate object. A few moments later, the camera’s forward movement represents the point-of-view of the maid, even though she appears to be looking in a different direction. These two moving shots form a mirrored pair, both representing a not-quite-human point of view—in the first case because the subject is an eerily lifelike portrait, in the second case because the subject is an ominously machinelike person. 

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