Throughout the past decades, cinema has optimized (the illusion of) depth and movement throughout space. On the two-dimensional screen, we see projected shadows that nonetheless convince us we enter another dimension, in which carefully constructed characters confront us with our hopes, dreams and desires. While there are many subjective examples when referring to the best movies ever made, films like La Régle du Jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939) and Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) perfected the practice of filmmaking on a technological level. Extremely mobile cameras and deep focus-lenses became the doorways to diegetic spaces that could become sharper, more fluid and extended in a blink of an eye.
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