POV Series

This series of XML files all share a common recurring motif: the use of Point of View shots, or POV, a technique used by filmmakers to convey the viewpoint of different characters.

FilmDirectorYearCountryFormatFile DescriptionXML Author
ContemptJean-Luc Godard1963FranceDVDFive patterns: Voice/POV, color represents central characters, characters from Homer's Odyssey, framing separating characters, and critiques of Hollywood.Catherine Dewar
Days of HeavenTerrence Malick1978USADVDFive patterns: overwhelming surroundings that overshadow people, unsettling natural elements, POV shots, mirroring of two main characters, and exchanges of glances with the camera.Harrison Gish
Lovers of the Arctic CircleJulio M├ędem1998SpainDVDFour patterns: reflections, shared POV, fades, and shooting through portalsDiaz
NotoriousAlfred Hitchcock1946USAVideodiscFour patterns: subjectivity, psychologial movement, POV, and left/rightSteve Mamber
Paris, TexasWim Wenders1984USADVDFive patterns: POV, camera movements, signs/murals, scene transitions, and off-screen dialogue
RepulsionRoman Polanski1965UKVideodiscTwo patterns: POV and ambiguous subjectivitySteve Mamber
Shutter IslandMartin Scorsese2010USADVDSix patterns: POV, discontinuity, flashbacks, rearview projection, otherworldness, and light/fire/water/bloodMatthias Stork
Sullivan's TravelsPreston Sturges1941USADVDEight patterns: introduction, Sully's gaze, crowded frames, transitions between light and dark, shot party, Hollywood/slapstick, POV, and bodiesMcClain