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VIDEO ESSAY: Spike Lee's free-floating, dolly shots collected, stitched together and deconstructed

This video essay by Richard Cruz collects Spike Lee's loopy, free-floating dolly shots into a music video. In the process, it makes them less jarring and problematic than they were when they first appeared in Lee's films. You know what I'm talking about: a shot where a major character is still, or perhaps moving subtly, while the background moves at an unrealistically fast speed or whirls wildly, creating the sense that the character is sort of hovering through the air, or perhaps moving along on a conveyor belt or turning on a merry-go-round.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz & Richard Cruz
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  • April 21, 2012 7:07 AM
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  • 28 Comments

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