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A group of vintage photographs detailing the matte process from 5 MGM productions including A Tale of Two Cities and Marie Antoinette

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Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000
Price realised:  US$1,250
Lot number 142, Views: 27

Comprising a series of rare silver gelatin photographs, 5 x 7 in. to 11 x 14 in., showing the matte process for several scenes in 5 MGM films. The photographs show foreground and background images, use of the stand-in, images with "masking," and the final result after the matte process has been accomplished. The photographs feature the "extras" relaxing, complicated lighting set-ups, set construction, and many more behind-the-scenes situations. The first set from A Tale of Two Cities (1935) features 56 images showing 12 different matte processes including the storming of the Bastille, various exteriors and interiors of buildings, various crowd scenes, and city street scenes; Marie Antoinette (1938), which consists of 38 images showing 8 different matte processes including interior shots of Versailles, the village square, and more; Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941), which consists of 12 images showing 3 different matte processes of Tarzan or "Boy" atop cliffs or tall buildings; Madame Curie (1943) which consists of 29 images showing 6 different matte processes including interiors and exteriors of the Court of Honor, the concert hall, and more; and Mrs. Parkington (1944) which consists of 14 images showing 3 different matte processes including the manor and courtyard, the location for the fox hunt, and the Parkington home. A compelling look at the special effects process during the Golden Age of Film by the industry's most successful studio. Various sizes

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: TCM Presents ... A Celebration of Robert Osborne
Date of the auction: 13 Jun 2018
Address: Bonhams London
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