Where Did the Dutch Angle Come From? This Video Essay Explores Its Origins

Visually striking and often overused: Here's the story of how the Dutch Angle came to be.

Also known as the "Dutch tilt," "canted" or "oblique" angle, the Dutch Angle is one of the most emotionally impactful camera angles in the cinematic toolkit. Its tilted horizon line creates an immediate disorientation with the natural world, making it a prime tool for creating feelings of unease, disorientation, confusion, and distrust in viewers. And despite misuse and overuse by many contemporary filmmakers, the Dutch Angle has existed almost as long as cinema itself and has been employed by the world's greatest filmmakers to create some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

In this video essay, Jack Nugent of Now You See It explores the history of the Dutch Angle, from its use in the films of pioneering Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov to those of Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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