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Canted framing in The Clock

by Oliver Gaycken

This sequence from The Clock provides an example of how canting is used to indicate a character's psychological state. The canted framings occur near the end of the sequence, as Joe exits the train station. As his fascination with the escalator has already indicated, he is new to the big city, and the canted framings register the perceptual overload that the urban landscape creates in Joe. It's a nice touch that he tilts his head a bit at the end of the sequence, mimicking the canted perspective. The sequence also contains a good example of a tilt, which simulates his look up one of the skyscrapers.

Canted framing in The Clock

Canted framing in The Clock

from The Clock (1945)
Creator: Vincente Minnelli
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Oliver Gaycken
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