27 August 2009

The Flickering Image

TCM is my default television channel -- and not because most of its fare is in the same color range as my art.

Yesterday I watched Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Frederic March as literature's ultimate split-personality.  Students of film will find it  interesting visually, utilizing techniques that, for 1931, seemed quite ahead of their time -- point-of-view shots, split screen, slow dissolves and elapsed-time transitions. 

March won an Oscar for his performance which, I have to say, jumped the shark in the last reel.  Still, worth watching for the cinematic flashes.  And the pre-Code coquettishness of the delightful Miriam Hopkins.

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