The Dynamic Frame - Softcover


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  • The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood.
  • In The Dynamic Frame, Patrick Keating offers an innovative history of the aesthetics of the camera, examining how camera movement shaped the classical Hollywood style.
  • The camera’s movement in a film may seem straightforward or merely technical. Yet skillfully deployed pans, tilts, dollies, cranes, and zooms can express the emotions of a character, convey attitude and irony, or even challenge an ideological stance.
  • In careful readings of dozens of films, including SunriseThe Grapes of WrathRear WindowSunset Boulevard, and Touch of Evil, Keating explores how major figures such as F. W. Murnau, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock used camera movement to enrich their stories and deepen their themes.

Keating uses archival research to chronicle the technological breakthroughs and the changing division of labour that allowed for new possibilities, as well as the shifting political and cultural contexts that inspired filmmakers to use technology in new ways. The Dynamic Frame shows that the classical Hollywood camera moves not to imitate the actions of an omniscient observer but rather to produce the interplay of concealment and revelation that is an essential part of the exchange between film and viewer.


    Pages: 349

    Published: January 2019

    Size (cm): 24 x 16 x 3

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