Romy Schneider, as seen by Eva Sereny

Romy Schneider & Eva Sereny met in Rome in the 70s. The photographer took  photos, some erotic, that Romy never wanted to see published.
It is only in 1998 that these shots saw the light of day, reunited in Sereny’s book “Romy in Rome”.

© Romy Schneider by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1974.

©Romy Schneider, by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1972

©Romy Schneider, by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1974

© Romy Schneider, by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1972

© Romy Schneider by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1974

© Romy Schneider, by Eva Sereny, Rome, 1974

The genius behind Hitchcock’s most famous costumes…

Edith Head (1897-1981) was a brilliant Hollywood fashion designer who collaborated with Hitchcock on many of his films.She has won 8 Academy Awards & 35 nominations, more than any other woman. Her first job was as a teacher of French, Spanish and Art at the Bishop School for Girls at La Jolla, California. She got into films by answering a wanted ad as a sketch artist for Paramount. She also executed the design of Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn’s famous gown !

She is the costume designer on Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Sunset bvd (1950), The Sting (1973), All About Eve (1950), A Place In The Sun (1951), Sullivan’s Travels (1941) & nearly every dressed every diva in a Paramount film.

© A final collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock & Edith Head. On the set of “Family Plot” (1976)

© Edith Head with her sketches. It is said they were mainly drawn by her students.

© Edith Head in 1954. Upon received her 5th Oscar that year, this is what she had to say:
” I’m going to take it home and design a dress for it!”

In 1924, Salvador Dali did a portrait of…

© “Luis Bunuel” by Salvador Dali. 68.5 x 58.5. Oil on Canvas (1924).
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

Robert Redford’s directorial debut

Ordinary People (1980, Robert Redford), starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton & Judd Hirsch.
A suicidal crisis that proved to be too much for these ordinary people living in Forest Lake, Illinois.
The film is very mature for a directorial debut with its upsetting patient secrets & a pleasurable slow pace combined with a collection of amazing performances. A pertinent reference to Jude the Obscure makes the story all the more bitter.

However, this is a film that beat “Raging Bull” for Best Picture, undeserving for some, but it’s still a masterpiece nonetheless. A must-see!

© Robert Redford directing Timothy Hutton in “Ordinary People” (1980)

© Donald Sutherland in “Ordinary People” (1980)

© Judd Hirsch, “Ordinary People” (1980)

© Mary Tyler Moore & Timothy Hutton, “Ordinary People” (1980)

© Robert Redford directs Mary Tyler Moore in “Ordinary People” (1980)

Don’t answer that phone !!

A brilliant Anatol Litvak film- noir, made in 1948, starring Barbara Stanwyck & Burt Lancaster, set in Manhattan:

The pieces of the story are beautifully put together by other people’s reconstruction & reportage over the phone.
The spoiled character of Stanwyck finds herself randomly at the center of a conspiracy connected together by a very ominous object, a phone. This depiction of the object later made it through American Slasher films like the “Scream” series.
©Still shots from the film, all rights go to the authors.

Kieslowski’s favorite film is: Kes (1969)

Ken Loach‘s second film (after “Poor Cow” in 1967) represents the sadism of the educational system, the confinement of family and peer violence in contrast to the freedom and beauty of a kestrel.
Introducing “Kes” (1969).
The film is an adaptation of Barry Hines‘ novel “A Kestrel for a Knave” and is Krzysztof Kieslowski’s favorite movie.

© Snapshots from “Kes” (1969, Ken Loach). Seen here is David Bradley in the main role of “Billy”.


Tribute to authors & screenwriters: Billy Wilder

No list of screenwriters could ever be complete without the one and only Billy Wilder.
Wilder made use of his scripts to transgress Hollywood censorship by depicting taboo topics to the American mainstream, such as cross-dressing in Some Like It Hot and addiction in The Lost Weekend. To his credit are some of the US most classical films and spellbinding noirs, such as Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment(1960).
Hotel del Coronado, where Some Like it Hot was filmed in 1958 and thus became an iconic place, commemorated Billy Wilder with the stamp you see below.

© The American Postal service’s Billy Wilder stamp, featuring the director/screenwriter, Marilyn Monroe & the hotel Coronado in the back.