Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Mirror Lack'd

In opening scene you'll detect
A mirror that seems to reflect
The leading man's face
In camera's place --
A simple but special effect.

Donald B. Benson


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) begins with a long and impressive POV shot, including a moment when a mirror shows not the camera but Dr. Jekyll and his butler. The trick? An empty frame, with the actors playing their reflections.

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