Frank Capra in One Shot

Frank Capra in One Shot
One Shot is a series that seeks to find an essence of cinema history in one single image of a movie. It is the dramatic crux of Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe (1941): John Doe (Gary Cooper), a populist cultural icon preaching neighborliness and community, has just found out that hundreds of thousands of fans are going to be manipulated by his corporate financiers to advance their pro-business interests. He rushes to the stadium where the John Doe society is having it’s first national meeting, intending to confess that he’s a fraud and stop the deception. Doe is seconds away from grabbing the microphone when he’s stopped by a preacher who announces that before Doe can speak there will be a moment of silent prayer. Excruciatingly, the film grinds to a halt, and the camera cranes away from the stage, eerily gliding over the heads of hundreds of solemn,
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