Fellows' Presentation

A Dynamic Frame

The Moving Camera and American Modernity
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2014–2015 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Patrick Keating RI '15

At Radcliffe, Patrick Keating is writing a technological and aesthetic history of camera movement in Hollywood cinema from the 1920s to the 1970s. Arguing that filmmakers employed the mobile frame to both celebrate and challenge American modernity, this book illustrates how recurring visual motifs express ideas about the dynamism, seriality, and connectedness of an increasingly urban and industrial consumer capitalist culture.