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    These Behind The Scene Images Show How Amazing Silent Film Special Effects Were

    How'd they do that?! H/T: silentmoviegifs

    1. Harold Lloyd in his iconic clock hanging scene from Safety Last...

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    ...and the revealing set and perspective trick they used to make it happen.

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    2. Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times skating backwards and then stopping JUST at the edge of a giant hole...

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    ...and the clever glass matte painting technique they used to create the lower levels.

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    3. These very impressive eye movements by Colleen Moore in Elle Cinders...

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    ...and the trick of exposing only half the film at a time to make it happen.

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    4. This mind-boggling clip of Mary Pickford kissing herself in Little Lord Fauntleroy...

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    ...and the very elaborate matte painting setup they created so Mary could actually move BEHIND herself.

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    5. Douglas Fairbanks using a knife to slide down a sail like it's NBD in The Black Pirate...

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    ...and this genius pulley and counterweight rig they created to let him slide down with ease.

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    6. Buster Keaton driving over two trucks at JUST the right time in Sherlock Jr....

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    ...and the reveal that it was actually two separately filmed shots using the popular matte technique again.

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    7. And finally, Jesus ~healing~ two lepers in Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ...

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    ...and the reveal that the lepers' disappearing makeup was achieved using specific color filters.

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    Talk about some serious movie...

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