Thursday, December 08, 2022

Characters in the background of photographs in "The Spanish Prisoner" and "The Old Guard"

After Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) and Susan (Rebecca Pidgeon) in David Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997) take snapshots of each other, Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin) offers to buy Joe's camera. As Jimmy later claims, he was in the background of Joe's pictures with his best friend's wife. To get rid of the evidence, he needs the roll of film. In Gina Prince-Bythewood's "The Old Guard" (2020), when Andy (Charlize Theron) notices that tourists taking a group selfie with her in the background, she offers to take a picture of them, but doesn't have to buy the phone: she just deletes the photo of her before taking the photo for the group. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 8 December 2022)

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