> does a "god's POV" shot have to be from above? . . .
i suppose only in anthropotheistic terms as otherwise, in incarnational terms, we could say a simple reverse-angle shot achieves this. fatuousness aside, a number of such shots seem to set out to function in just such a way: pasolini's ethnographic stylings, or the celebrated ending of shepitko's _the ascent_.
presumably a POV shot for a judeo-christian god, or even a christ's POV shot, represents the only kind of blasphemy that cinema can truly achieve. i'm wondering if any of the former type shots snuck into the vatican's list of important films, published circa 2000.
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