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The Mad Genius(1931)

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This was John Barrymore's last film for Warner Bros. According to modern sources, art director Anton Grot created a look similar to that of German Expressionist films. He used muslin ceilings on the sets, in contrast to the more usual practice of open ceilings to allow for easier lighting. Muslin ceilings were so uncommon that cinematographer Gregg Toland was applauded for their use in the 1941 film, Citizen Kane.