The preceding chapters have described a series of changes in Hollywood cinematographic style during the thirties. The decade begins with a fairly open, adventurous style with wide contrasts of lighting, angle and distance, direct-to-camera looks and frequently unpredictable structuring. There is then a transitional period from 1933 to 1935 in which the style becomes more restrained, reaching its narrowest paradigm between 1936 and 1938. This style is dominated by high-key lighting, motivated angles and movement, predictable structuring and unproblematic subjectivity. In 1939 the style begins to open up again but mainly in the areas of lighting and angle and, to a lesser extent, movement.


Transitional Period Stylistic Change Audience Effect Film Theory Predictable Structure 
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  • Mike Cormack
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  1. 1.University of StirlingUK

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