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FIGURE 8.14

Framing Cary Grant

North by Northwest

Alfred Hitchcock, MGM, USA, 1959

These three frames from Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, in which Cary Grant does in fact play a man who’s framed (for the murder of a United Nations diplomat), demonstrate the relative differences in framing that result from different camera distances. Frame 1 is a long shot in which the height of the human figure is less than that of the frame. Frame 2 is a medium shot in which Grant’s figure is framed roughly from the head to the waist. Frame 3 is a closeup detailing the look on the actor/hero’s face as he’s about to be hit by a truck. (For an extended analysis of North by Northwest, see Reading 8.1.)

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