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The Hit Clapperboard

A clapperboard used in the production of Stephen Frears’ road crime film The Hit. Kidnapped by a crime boss he betrayed years before, former gangster Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) finds himself in the hands of hitmen Braddock (John Hurt) and Myron (Tim Roth). The film follows their violent escapades as they struggle to get Parker to Paris, where their vengeful boss is waiting.

A clapperboard is one of the most iconic and memorable aspects of the movie making industry. For decades this has been a vital piece of equipment that enables not just sound and image to be synchronised, but to also advise the viewer of the raw footage the exact details of the upcoming shot. The simple monochromatic device has become a symbolic image synonymous with films, and is still used to this day.

Well used on the production of the film, this large-sized clapperboard has the title “The Hit” written in marker on a label along the top with the name of director Stephen Frears and director of photography Mike Molloy below. Spaces in the boxes below are present to write in chalk the slate and take, with the numbers 356 and 3 still discernible on the plate. Writing running across the bottom indicates the date it was last used, marked as 31st October 1983, for a daytime exterior shot. Location and day/night labels used in the production are still attached at the rear. The clapper stick is corroded at the joint but remains in a loose condition, allowing for a sharp snap when closed.

Displaying plenty of wear from its time on use, the clapperboard has a wire fitted on the rear for hanging on a wall and remains in overall good production-used condition.

Item size – 13.39″ x 14.96″ x 0.79″ (34.0cm x 38.0cm x 2.0cm)

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