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The Scarlet Empress (1934) – Hard and Soft Lighting

This sequence from Mulholland Dr. shifts from high-key to low-key when the two characters venture inside the bungalow. Compare the weak shadows on the actress’ faces & necks outside to the strong, enveloping ones inside.

from The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Creator: Josef von Sternberg
Distributor: NBC/Universal
Posted by Clifford Galiher
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