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FIGURE 4.18

The Cinema as Amusement

Rube and Mandy at Coney Island

Edwin S. Porter, Edison Manufacturing Co., USA, 1903

Rube and Mandy’s excursion through the famous amusement park is handled in a series of long shots which are largely intended to display the wonders of the park (left). At the end, however, Porter signals a change in his subject matter by changing the distance of his camera: when it switches to a medium shot of the two rambunctious countryfolk, they become the main attraction for the film’s spectators.

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