The Emergence of the Point-of-View Shot
Chapter 4: Towards Linearisation
4.1. The Look and the Story
Among the issues dealt with in the previous chapter, one in particular now demands more attention. It is the issue of narrative – or, better, of the story – and its relationship with early cinema, especially with the status of the single view.
From a strictly narratological perspective, what characterises early cinema is not so much the presence or the absence of a story; rather, it is the different modality of performing it. In previous chapters we have seen that early cinema can tell a story, and that it is able to do so from the very beginning, even in a single view. On the other hand, it may happen that several views assembled in a single film do not tell stories of any kind.
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