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There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day acts as the mediator!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Keeping a daily column fresh is a big challenge. You have noticed some “that’s an alright one” in the mix so far and you will see a few in the future. Sometimes it’s a necessity if I want to feature a particular actor, movie or director and only have a mediocre shot to do it with. But today’s shot was something that really got my geek up. This isn’t a filler shot and, amazingly, the other behind the scenes pics I have for this movie are just as good, if not better. But to me this picture encompasses everything I wanted to do with this column. From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis we have an awesome picture that gives us a look at the detail of the Maria robot piece as well as a thought at to what was underneath. It’s a very candid moment, a frozen piece of history as the actress inside took a breather and one of the costume guys was doing a little touch-up on the robot… in short, this is the kind of shit you see when you spend any time on a film set. Real people doing their jobs, all focused on making magic happen at 24 frames a second. Here it is (and click to make bigger):

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic proves there are two kinds of people. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver

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  • July 29, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    Very cool. Humanizing

  • July 29, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Very Cool.

    by Se7en

    The Beginning...

  • July 29, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    boner ... and a positive one

    by frg10


  • July 29, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by DarthBlart

  • July 29, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Better tits than Anthony Daniels!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Aside from just being a great candid shot, the physical quality of the picture itself is quite amazing. Was it touched up?

  • July 29, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Not by me.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Hm, this is an old pic. So far, all the rest have been new...

    by StarWarsRedux my eyes, anyway. <p>Also, it should be: "THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE BEHIND THE SCENES PIC OF THE DAY!"

  • July 29, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    As stupid as this makes me look...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I didn't know hand-held hair dryers existed at the time this film was made. So, when I immediately saw it I thought it was a fake...

  • July 29, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    from this to spaceballs


  • July 29, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by JMG84

  • July 29, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Now THAT'S a Behind-the-Scenes pic!

    by ChezKing

  • July 29, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    So...they're re-making Total Recall now...

    by Michael_Ceras_Hidden_Powers

    Fuck you Hollywood. Just, fuck you.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Quint, I hope I didn't come off sounding accusatory...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I was just curious if whoever had original access to these photos had cleaned them up or something, as this photo is downright pristine. Of course, I suspect those in the film industry at the time probably had access to---well, the best cameras and film.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Sexiest tomboy beanpole robot EVER!

    by Quake II

    It's funny how everyone looks depression era and then there's this robot costume that looks futuristic and out of place.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    That's some serious kinky fetish going on

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    If I didn't know better, I'd think she was getting prepared for some kinky sex party. I'm sure the suit opens up in all the important places!

  • July 29, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Except in this case Quint....

    by nerd17

    Magic was happening a 20 frames per second! :)

  • July 29, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Amazing how modern the Maria robot looked...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...way back in the 20's. Too bad Hollywood (as usual) tossed science fiction into the "Crap For Kids We Can Crank Out Cheap" category and the world was stuck with generations of stuntmen lumbering around in silver spray painted cardboard suits with light bulbs attached on top.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    You Just Took a Daft Punk Video

    by Aquatarkusman

    And turned it B&W with Photoshop. I CALL SHENANIGANS.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ze germans!

    by zulusha

    they know their shit... oh and one more thing: saw "inseption" 5 times in last 7 days.... i'm in limboooo!!

  • July 29, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Re: Total Recall redo...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Kurt Wimmer is writing it, so we'll end up with idiotic "gun kata" action and endless scenes of Douglas Quaid fighting sword-wielding hordes wearing face-covering motocycle helmets.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Love it

    by subfreq

    What a classic. Mind bending how far ahead of it's time this film was.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Kurt "Ultraviolet" Wimmer?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Holy crap, how come he hasn't been murdered and fed to pigs for THAT one?

  • July 29, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I'll be checking this out in Columbus in August.

    by Acid_Frio


  • July 29, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Love this!

    by OceanWang

    These pics keep getting better and better.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm glad my whiny complaint about photos that don't actually teach us anything has been taken to heart.<p> Clearly, I'm a genius.<p> Clearly...

  • July 29, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    24 fps?

    by Hockle

    Quint, I think they were actually making magic happen at 20fps or thereabouts. I don't think it was 24 at the time.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by Lone Fox

    Movie magic right there.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    The tough, old German chick on the left has that look.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Best photo yet

    by UltraTron

  • July 29, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    There was a woman inside? Damn!!!

    by cookylamoo

    What a disappointment. Woman in Suit.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Best behind the scenes picture ever

    by Ray Gamma

    never gets old

  • July 29, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Very cool

    by ObiBen

    and funny to see the Anthony Daniels pictures echoing this decades later.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

  • July 29, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Re: Re: Total Recall Redo

    by plataboy

    To top it all off, it's Len Wiseman so it's gonna be Total Recall PG - 13; I guess we'll get three tittied women covered in a tank top

  • July 29, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    ok so that was a good one

    by Rupee88

    got to agree there...we don't need ESB pics twice a week with 100 years of movie history

  • July 29, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Total Recall has aged badly

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I was watching it the other night, and it looks and feels painfully dated. A remake would be a good thing. Not with Wimmer and Wiseman of course. If they could get a good writer and director, I'd be interested.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Len Wiseman on Total Recall?!?!

    by Shaner Jedi


  • July 29, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The Mona Lisa aged badly

    by ObiBen

    With all this renaissance style and vibe, I can't watch her anymore. Please reboot her.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Anthony Daniels before the sexual reassessment surgery?

    by donkingkong

    Jk pretty cool stuff.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Great pic

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Thanks again, Quint.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Awesome pic of the day.

    by BobJ812

    I'm sure the pic is real and un-retouched. You can see the scuff marks and dust specks from the original. Just because it was in the '20s doesn't mean it couldn't have been a nice clean shot - the lens quality and film size are what matters, I routinely see negs from that era and earlier that blow away images from today's cameras.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Today, AICN earned the right to be called "cool"

    by Mistahtibbs

    Great pic. Love this one. Probably one of the best in the series.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    Is that a hairdryer or is he just pleased to see her? I laugh alone.

  • July 29, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by djangoilbastardo

    I love knowing I'm guaranteed at least 1 cool thing when I click on tomorrow!

  • July 29, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Why the cruel and unusual treatment?

    by Toilet_Terror

    Cool drink on one side, sadist with a hair dryer on the other.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The German chick in the robot suit is kinda cute...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... too bad she'd be pushing 100 now. Or dead. Yeah, probably dead.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Shut the Fuck up Donny...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Yeah, hand held hair dryers, laptops, cell phones, fax machines, iPods, they had 'em all... just made out of chrome and vacuum tubes.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    just imagine

    by paulloch

    how mind-blowing futuristic this looked back then. Today, we're just accustomed to this imagery. So visionary and influential over the decades. i.e. No Metropolis -- No Apple Mac commercial

  • July 29, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I thought of this one

    by anis0ptera

    But I should have known Quint would get around to it sooner than later. This is my favorite behind the scenes pic ever.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    very cool.

    by Yelsaeb

  • July 29, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Can we get another pic from behind?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Girls got some nice boobies but how is the back porch? Edit out Alfred hitchcock holding the hair dyer and I could easily jerk off to that pic, thanks quint

  • July 30, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST

    That's the first non-film photo I've seen from Metropolis.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 30, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    McG's Metropolis 3-D coming Dec 2012

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 30, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Not a touch-up...

    by cloudyP

    that still always looded to me like they're blowing air in the suit to cool her off.

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  • July 30, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    One Question

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Are the robo-boobs real or fake?

  • July 30, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    What's the straw made of?

  • July 31, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    That is more cool

    by NippleEffect

    than way cool<p>

  • July 31, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    She was the coolest thing about the movie.

    by alienindisguise

    You know a design is great when it holds up nearly 100 years later!