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The Camera Shot and the Gun Sight

Moss, Anne Eakin

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 10 (2019), Iss. 2: S. 25–38

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Moss, Anne Eakin


This article examines the connections be- tween the camera shot and the gun sight in the age of classic Hollywood cinema. Com- paring THE LOST PATROL (USA 1934, John Ford) with TRINADTSAT (THIRTEEN, UdSSR 1936, Mikhail Romm), it asks what kind of relationship films from this era strove to establish between the viewer and the gun shot on screen. The ideological and stylistic differences between the films make visible divergent fantasies of agency, community and technology.