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Films made prior to this one used cornflakes painted white for the falling snow effect. Because the cornflakes were so loud, dialogue had to be dubbed in later. Frank Capra wanted to record the sound live, so a new snow effect was developed using foamite (a fire-fighting chemical) and soap and water. This mixture was then pumped at high pressure through a wind machine to create the silent, falling snow.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Films made prior to this one used cornflakes painted white for the falling snow effect. Because the cornflakes were so loud, dialogue had to be dubbed in later. Frank Capra wanted to record the sound live, so a new snow effect was developed using foamite (a fire-fighting chemical) and soap and water. This mixture was then pumped at high pressure through a wind machine to create the silent, falling snow.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

All the apartments in Thorwald’s building had electricity and running water, and could be lived in.
Rear Window (1954)

All the apartments in Thorwald’s building had electricity and running water, and could be lived in.

Rear Window (1954)

When Kim Novak questioned Alfred Hitchcock about her motivation in a particular scene, the director is said to have answered, “Let’s not probe too deeply into these matters, Kim. It’s only a movie.”
Vertigo (1958)

When Kim Novak questioned Alfred Hitchcock about her motivation in a particular scene, the director is said to have answered, “Let’s not probe too deeply into these matters, Kim. It’s only a movie.”

Vertigo (1958)
To make his voice hoarse for the filibuster scene, James Stewart dried out his throat with bicarbonate of soda.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

To make his voice hoarse for the filibuster scene, James Stewart dried out his throat with bicarbonate of soda.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

While filming the scene where George prays in the bar, James Stewart has said that he was so overcome that he began to sob right then and there. Later, Frank Capra reframed the shot so it looked like a much closer shot than was actually filmed because he wanted to catch that expression on Stewart’s face.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

While filming the scene where George prays in the bar, James Stewart has said that he was so overcome that he began to sob right then and there. Later, Frank Capra reframed the shot so it looked like a much closer shot than was actually filmed because he wanted to catch that expression on Stewart’s face.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

While shooting, Alfred Hitchcock worked only in Jeff’s “apartment.” The actors in other apartments wore flesh-colored earpieces so that he could radio his directions to them.
Rear Window (1954)

While shooting, Alfred Hitchcock worked only in Jeff’s “apartment.” The actors in other apartments wore flesh-colored earpieces so that he could radio his directions to them.

Rear Window (1954)



Alfred Hitchcock reportedly spent a week filming a brief scene where Madeleine stares at a portrait in the Palace of the Legion of Honor just to get the lighting right.


Vertigo (1958)

Alfred Hitchcock reportedly spent a week filming a brief scene where Madeleine stares at a portrait in the Palace of the Legion of Honor just to get the lighting right.
Vertigo (1958)
As Uncle Billy is leaving George’s house drunk, it sounds as if he  stumbles over some trash cans on the sidewalk. In fact, a crew member  dropped some equipment right after Uncle Billy left the screen.
Merry Christmas!

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

As Uncle Billy is leaving George’s house drunk, it sounds as if he stumbles over some trash cans on the sidewalk. In fact, a crew member dropped some equipment right after Uncle Billy left the screen.

Merry Christmas!

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

The entire picture was shot on one set, which required months of planning and construction. The apartment-courtyard set measured 98 feet wide, 185 feet long and 40 feet high, and consisted of 31 apartments, eight of which were completely furnished. 

The entire picture was shot on one set, which required months of planning and construction. The apartment-courtyard set measured 98 feet wide, 185 feet long and 40 feet high, and consisted of 31 apartments, eight of which were completely furnished. 

Sometimes it's what we don't see that's important.

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