The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

2.9 A Farewell to Arms

In this point-of-view sequence, notice how the lack of information encourages identification with Frederic. He is unfamiliar with this new location, and so are we. He is desperate to know if he may meet his beloved Catherine at this hospital, and so are we. Of course, we know that we are watching a film, so our identification can never be total. But the filmmakers produce an affinity between Frederic’s exceedingly limited state of knowledge and our own.

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