The Great Dictator
Posted 23 July 2007 - 06:04 PM
I was watching Clarlie Chaplin's incredible 'Great Dictator' about a week ago, when I noticed that there were two Directors of Photography, Karl Struss, ASC, and Roland Totheroh.
I was wondering specifically why Charlie Chaplin hired two DP's? When he had someone as experienced as Karl Struss working for him why hire Rolad Totheroh? I knoe Chaplin had a strong working relationship with Totheroh. Was that the reason? Or would one have shot daylight scenes, the other, interiors?
Posted 23 July 2007 - 06:48 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 07:20 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 09:09 PM
But also, according to IMDb, the film was "Shot for 539 days". Don't know many DP's who could have lasted that long on one shoot.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:01 AM
For the first time in years, Chaplin brought in a new director of photography, Karl Struss, to work with his usual cameraman, Rollie Totheroh. He did so at the urging of his brother, Syd, who felt that Totheroh?s techniques were behind the times. Struss quickly learned that the director preferred to shoot scenes as though they were being performed on stage. He finally convinced Chaplin to let him shoot the scenes from two cameras at once, placed at different angles, to make it easier to edit the film.