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Canting in Brief Encounter

by Oliver Gaycken

This sequence from Brief Encounter demonstrates a typical use of canted framing, namely, to signify psychological disturbance. As the suicidal impulse seizes Laura, the camera slowly cants, and the next three shots, as she rushes out onto the train platform, have a similar level. As the train passes, and the urge subsides, the camera slowly return to a level framing, signifying Laura's return to a "level-headed" position.

Canting in Brief Encounter

An example of canted framing in Brief Encounter

from Brief Encounter (1946)
Creator: David Lean
Distributor: Eagle-Lion Distributors
Posted by Oliver Gaycken