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The Zoom in Popular Cinema: A Question of Performance

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Abstract:

The author argues that the use of the zoom can be seen as a signifier of the film narrator's performance and proposes to read zooms as a style-figure recalling the oral performances of public storytellers. As such, the zoom is one of the ways in which a cinematic narrator signals what is at stake in the modernisation of storytelling with the advent of the industrialisation of culture.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ncin.1.1.6

Publication date: 2002-04-01

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