Lilac Time ★★★½

A Wings cycle film that focuses more on the woman, with Colleen Moore doing something kind of similar to the work Gloria Swanson was doing with Allan Dwan in Stage Struck. What's striking here are some of the camera movements. Specifically, while they are motivated by character movement, Fitzmaurice often moves the camera at a slight angle or track that moves what feels independent of the movement of the characters. In thinking about realism in cinema, this sort of subtle movement creates the idea of the camera existing within the world instead of simply recording from a pre-determined set, as the independent movement of the characters seems to flow outside of the machinations of the camera, thus creating more of a sense of a whole universe.

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