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Intro.x1 Sunset Blvd

by Patrick Keating

Norma leads Joe into her bedroom, where a recently deceased pet monkey lies, awaiting burial. The intricate movement--a pan, a boom, and a dolly--aligns the spectator's experience with Joe's complex reaction. Just as Joe is fascinated but uncertain, the camerawork offers a partial but incomplete disclosure, moving in gradually to explore the space while keeping the identity (and species) of the corpse a mystery. (Excerpt from The Dynamic Frame, Introduction)

Intro.x1 Sunset Blvd

The camera follows Joe as he makes a surprising discovery.

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