Number 2 sat in his office awaiting a new visitor in The Village. He was expecting the Colonel to bring him Doctor Jacob Seltzman, whom he welcomed with open arms. And yet it is not the actors of the Colonel and Doctor Seltzman who walked through the door, at least in long shot it isn’t, its only Nigel Stock and Hugo Schuster when it’s in close-up! I’ve sometimes wondered why they didn’t use the same actors like Nigel Sock and Hugo Schuster in long shots as they do in close-ups, but used substitutes instead?!
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My guess would be, the scenes were shot at different times. Perhaps it was later thought that one wouldn'z be enough. - BCNU!ReplyDelete
That sounds like a reasonable answer.
It isn't just The Prisoner, in many cases you'll find that a scene is made of a set of shots, from one angle and from another, in one direction, then the opposite direction etc. They are not always particularly consistent especially in the case of outdoor and indoor shots with artificial light. I don't remember, however, the scene here as to why two different shots should be necessary. - BCNU!ReplyDelete
Yes of course, I quite agree. But in this case, one would think that director David Tomblin would have had all the shots he required for the scene set up, so that he could use the two same actors. To have to go back and film a shot for the scene from a different angle, and to use two different people, was very sloppy work!