Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) 1990

Clip is from the beginning until 1:16

Beginning with a tracking shot, Scorsese follows Henry around the gangster-filled room. However, we do not maintain the POV of Henry, or anyone else in the scene- we are an objective observer. The camera simultaneously follows Henry, making sure to keep his legs in the frame, but looks all around the room, focusing on the poker chips and small details of the room. By doing this, we understand Henry when he narrates, "This is when I met the world."

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