Sunday, July 21, 2013

Charlie skates blindfolded near the edge of a drop-off in Modern Times (1936)

This stunt was achieved using a visual effect technique called a “glass matte" shot. The drop-off to the department store’s lower floors was painted on a pane of glass, placed in front of the camera and aligned with the real setting, creating a seamless illusion.

If you look closely, you will see Chaplin’s skate wheels disappear briefly behind the painting in one or two frames.

Modern Times (Criterion Collection)
"A Bucket Of Water & A Glass Matte: Special Effects in Modern Times" (Criterion Collection)


  1. It's simply amazing to get to know those tricks. Thanks Jessica! This scene have always delighted me! =)