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Can anyone tell me why the doors in older films are larger then normal? Also why the actors use the curbside of the vehicle when getting in and out.  Thanking  you in the forehand

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Just offhand, I would guess the curbside entry/exit would allow better camera access...the shot would show the actor to best advantage.

I've wondered about the huge doors, but I think the sets were built to show 'opulence'...rich people=big houses=big doors  (and staircases), and on a small set, there were few ways to show that.

Just my guesses.

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On 7/21/2020 at 3:23 PM, MOmac said:

... why the actors use the curbside of the vehicle when getting in and out.

In general it's safer to get in and out from the curb when there's much traffic (see "The Buddy Holly Story"!) and for many decades it was easy to climb across the bench seat, even in coupes. Things are different now.

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