Old is New – 1970s Style, The Split screen
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 12:50 PM
The use of split screen did not originate in the 1970s - an example of the technique can be found in Napoleon,1927 by Abel Gance - and actually was not uncommon in the 1960s (see Grand Prix and The Thomas Crown Affair), but today is a convention thought of in regard to movies and TV of the 70s.
No one used it more than Brian De Palma, who also layered sound effects and music in unusual and often unsettling ways to enrich his strange films:
Phantom of the Paradise 1974
Dressed to Kill 1980