The movie is full of clever shots and creative camera angles with what seems like homages to Citizen Kane and Sunset Boulevard. A scene where George trashes a room filled with reels of his old movies but saves the reel of his first film made with Peppy is reminiscent of the one where Charlie Kane trashes Susan's room but saves the snowglobe.
Although silent for most of the movie and accompanied by a soaring score in the tradition of such movies, there was a brief and innovative use of sound in the middle of the film. In a dream sequence where George remains mute and unable to speak, he suddenly hears sounds and voices all around him. This nightmare effectively communicates his fears of the new world of talking pictures and its affect on his livelihood. After such a long period without dialogue, suddenly hearing speech is intentionally jarring.