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Intro.7 Sunset Blvd

by Patrick Keating

When Joe looks up, the film cuts to a long shot of Norma. The camera zooms in slightly, just enough to draw attention to Norma, but not enough to reveal any details. Not exactly a camera movement, a zoom is an adjustment of the lens, changing its focal length to alter its field of view. Norma's image grows bigger, but only slightly, thereby evoking Joe's shift of attention--and failure of recognition. (Excerpt from The Dynamic Frame, Introduction)

Intro.7 Sunset Blvd

A zoom-in enlarges the image of Norma, who remains barely visible.

from Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Creator: Billy Wilder
Posted by Patrick Keating