Wrap Shot: Scandal for Sale

Cinematographer Karl Freund, ASC frames up his Leica stills camera during the production of this 1932 newspaper drama.

David E. Williams

Cinematographer Karl Freund, ASC frames up his stills camera on actor Charles Bickford during the production of the newspaper drama Scandal for Sale (1932). 

Examining this archival image almost 90 years later, ASC Photo Gallery Committee chair and Society member Charlie Lieberman determined that Freund is shooting with a Leica I camera fitted with an Elmar 135mm f/4.5 lens — a tool commonly employed for exposure tests, as it used the same 35mm roll film as motion-picture units.

In 2019, Leica honored this heritage and the ASC’s centennial with a special “ASC 100 Edition” of their M10 camera, offering unique features and the Society’s classic Art Deco shield logo.

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