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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Today we have a really great, gothic photo showing off the huge set of 1931’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Frederic March.
I’m a big fan of BTS shots that show off big sets, especially when it’s Old Hollywood sets like this. In the 80 some years since this one came out stage equipment doesn’t look too much different (the cameras are no longer the size of a Mini Cooper, though), but a few notable filmmakers aside elaborate sets like the one on display here are becoming harder and harder to come by.
Thanks to Titan Books’ Tom Green for sending this one in! Click to enlargen.
That is just one of many awesome photos put out in the edition of the book Hollywood Movie Stills, which focuses on the art of onset still photography. You’ll see a few more images from the book pop up here over the next few weeks, but you can get the book yourself by clicking the below:
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s pic will make you fear this column!
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June 12, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST
When? I am looking forward to reading your take!
June 12, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST
best BTS pic yet! Loving this!
June 12, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
..is thinking "REBOOT!"
June 12, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
Hmmm.... Avengers made a ton of money. Hulk was a big reason why. Hyde is the Hulk. Update with Jaden Smith = BOX OFFICE GOLD!
You know it's true.
June 12, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST
by angry kitty
June 12, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST
by angry kitty
Love classic Hollywood
June 12, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST
by Brank Hud
There was certainly nothing wrong with his Jekkyl, either, but his Hyde....oh my goodness. If any of you younger folk have not had the pleasure of the 1931 version, do yourselves a favor. That was a true performance, where the make-up was totally secondary. March unleashed his inner animal and BECAME Hyde. You gotta see it. It only annoys me that they pronounce his name Jeekel.
June 12, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST
by zorba the geek
is the coolest thing on this site. Thanks for your efforts. This image of old school Hollywood is one of the best pics you have shown. Does anyone know if the rest of the book is as good?
June 12, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST
that's a fantastic shot.
June 12, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST
The '32 version still holds up. March is awesome. Very adult in its themes and not hokey at all. It actually got under my skin a little bit, especially the abusive relationship between Hyde and the prostitute. Still potent stuff.
June 12, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
I think that's freaking perfect. RLS has a nightmare and turns it into one of the classic all-time horror stories. Brilliant. Love the BTS pics as always...that single pic has all the same power as the original movie to take us away...this series speaks directly to why we all love movies...fantastic work as always!
June 12, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST
It's the #1 reason for me coming here and I seriously do get bummed when I don't see it for days - which creates more traffic because I check for it more each day until the new one is up.
June 12, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
Reminds me of a story that Scorsese tells about George Lucas comeing on the "Gangs of New York" set...
How was terribly impressed, but finally said, as he eyed the avenues and vast interiors that surrounded him, "You know that this is probably the last time we'll ever see a film shot like this." Sad to think that. I hope one day that the craftmanship of the old way of set design, practical effects, and location shooting, the "voodoo of location" as Herzog named it, will return in the eyes of the public as something valueable. And I do feel that all this, being able to touch see smell the environment that has been created for the purposes of transporting the actors and the audiences they represent, is an important element of film that is being lost. Maybe classical filmmakeing and convential contemporary forms of entertainment will one day split. Would hate to see that happen, though. Film can still do so much.
June 12, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST
Somebody buy it. RLS will always rule.
June 12, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST
..that all the grip gear involved in making a film has gone essentially unchanged for so, so long. A C-stand from the 30's is just about the exact same C-stand as today. Some of them might even BE the same ones from the 30's!
June 12, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST
You cannot shoot in Vancover and pass it off as Alabama, or Colorado. Or shoot in Toronto or LA to pass it off for NYC. One thing I admired about Eastwood's "Mystic River" was he chose to shoot it in Boston because the city was so important to the story. Those houses are so close together and you need that geography to add another level of horror and shame to the crimes. Same with The Town. That car chase through those super narrow streets could not be duplicated in LA. The audience would pick up the chase was shot on that same backlot they use for CSI:NY, and that it was used for NYPD Blue, and all sorts of other stuff going all the way back to Kojak in the 1970's.
June 12, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST
My goodness, what they pulled off using 1931 technology is mindblowing. And watch the "Hyde in the rain catching water in his mouth." You will notice that particular scene is the genesis for the crazy faces of...Jerry Lewis. And look at March's hairstyle at the beginning. The slick back look. It's Jerry Lewis' hairstyle during the 1970's-1990's. Now you know why he so wanted to make The Nutty Professor.----later----m
June 12, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST
It's a Scottish name. And, God, I adore this movie. It's one I grew up on. The script, the performances, the camera work, all absolutely brilliant. And then there's the incredible effects shot of Jekyll becoming Hyde. It's feels likeit should have been impossible to achieve in the days before CG, and yet it's such a simple trick of color and light (and, of course, couldn't be achieved if the film weren't in black and white).
June 12, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST
With the camera being Mr. Hyde lumbering along?
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