The art of sound pictures (1930)

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170 THE ART OF SOUND PICTURES the audience. Without a doubt, this accounts for the remarkable popularity of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and pictures similarly successful, as, for example, in the case of A Daughter of Neptune. This screen story com- bines the elements of captivation, in scenes showing a slave girl, and the cruelty of a tyrannical king; and, on its release, it met with the enthusiastic approval of audiences. Expressions of Compound Emotions The only way to understand the expressions of com- pound emotions is to know the behavior which accom- panies the elements of each. The appropriate expressions of two or more elemental emotions are combined in vari- ous ways, resulting in many types of expressive actions. There are, of course, many more combinations than can here be described. In the following records, we attempt to present clear specimens of everyday behavior with which the story writer must become familiar. Here is the raw material of dramatic situations. Deske A. Gross Behavior I. Illustrations a. This emotion is composed of compliance and dominance. It is an active, aggressive, yet controlled emotion, with dominance over the object desired as the final purpose of action. Suppose a baby desires a flower standing in a vase at some distance from him. First, we notice that the child’s attention is riveted upon the flower. He looks at it and perhaps points toward it. This movement expresses his attitude of compliance with the object of his attention to the exclusion of all else. The flower controls the baby. Quickly he begins to creep toward it. He reaches the table whereon the