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Intensified Continuity Visual Style in Contemporary American Film
Vol. 55, No. 3 (Spring 2002), pp. 16-28
Published by: University of California Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2002.55.3.16
Page Count: 13
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Do today's movies, filled with dazzling spectacle and often less-than-dazzling plotting and characterization, constitute a break with Hollywood's past? This essay argues that recent films rely upon many principles of traditional "continuity filming," but that there are nonetheless some important changes. In particular, certain techniques, such as fast cutting and free-ranging camera movement, have become more forceful and flamboyant. These techniques have blended into an approach to visual storytelling which we can call "intensified continuity." By analyzing films and reflecting upon comments gleaned from filmmaking professionals, the essay suggests where the new style comes from and how it affects viewers.
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