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FIGURE 5.9

Continuity and the Closeup

The Sick Kitten

G. A. Smith, Great Britain, 1903

This three-shot film rests on a flimsier narrative than the earlier As Seen through a Telescope (Figure 5.7): While a little girl holds a kitten, a boy enters and gives her a jar marked “Fish” (left). Smith then cuts to a medium closeup of the kitten (center) and then to another medium long shot, in which the children shake hands and the boy takes an unexpected bow (thus the otherwise inexplicable hat) (right). There is, however, a major difference between this and the earlier film: because the inserted closeup is not demarcated by a mask, the effect much more closely approximates that of a continuity or matching cut.

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