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Shifting First Person Points of View

by Isaac Rooks

Dr. Drew Casper draws a distinction between first person inside and outside. First person inside designates moments where the camera puts the audience in the character's position - we appear to be looking out of their eyes. With first person outside, the audience is in the character's head but can still see them - this is most readily illustrated by voice over narration, but might also include hallucinations. This scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas demonstrates how filmmakers can play with multiple point of views. Throughout, we hear Hunter S. Thompson's internal (?) monologue (at other points in the film his hallucinations are made manifest), but at the end we are hearing his thoughts while seeing through the eyes of the hitchhiker.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Point of View

An example of how point of views in films can shift and overlap. Draws upon the different types of "first person" described in CTCS-190

from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Creator: Terry Gilliam
Distributor: Universal
Posted by Isaac Rooks
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