See the moving picture

FIGURE 7.7

Hybrid Points of Interest

Love in a Hammock

James H. White, Edison Manufacturing Co., USA, 1901

Note the two points of narrative interest—the lovers in the hammock and the boy under the tree—which correspond to the two genres that form the hybrid: the exhibitionist interlude and the bad boy film. Both, moreover, appeal to the spectator’s interest because each can exhibit movement as well as, and at the same time as, the other. The early cinema tends to treat its capacity to handle multiple points of narrative interest not as a means to more complex storytelling ends, but rather as an instance of its power to display.

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