The influence of the cinematographer on the cinematographic discourse of fiction film: Gregg Toland

Marijke Van Kets, Kenneth Feinstein

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This paper focuses on the influence of the cinematographer on the cinematographic expression of fiction film, specifically defining attributes of the cinematographer in the visual narrative. The text highlights the contributions of cinematography to the narrative of a fiction film during the period 1928–1946 while featuring the cinematographer Gregg Toland. This study presents a possible research approach to cinematography and the role of cinematographer in influencing the narrative discourse of a film. Critical examination of Toland’s cinematographic work establishes his importance and influence in an historical context. Analysis of a scene from Wuthering Heights (1939) reveals the significance of the visual narrative construct through the use of cinematic space and viewpoint in a shot. Together, they demonstrate the impact of the visual narrative on the viewer’s film experience and expose the cinematographer’s role in the storytelling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCinematography in Progress 3
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2019
EventCinematography in Progress 3: The third conference on teaching and researching cinematography - RITCS-INSAS, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 4 Apr 20196 Apr 2019


ConferenceCinematography in Progress 3
Abbreviated titleProgress
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