Mia Farrow’s friendship with Salvador Dali

I wasn’t aware of this up until recently but Mia Farrow was a very good friend of Salvador Dali. Their friendship began shortly after Mia’s father died of a heart attack in 1963 and lasted until the painter’s death and the actress said numerous times that he helped her get a new perspective on life, including her acting.

It is said that Dalí labeled it ”mythical suicide” when Mia Farrow allowed Vidal Sassoon to chop off her hair in 1966 and this is what she had to say about him in Time Magazine: ‘We lunched on butterfly wings and toured New York City with garbage collectors. He judged sex to be too violent–and showers too.’ But this seems to be a misconception since “Mia Farrow cut off her long hair herself while she was on “Peyton Place”. She received a written scolding from producer Paul Monash. That was when Dali weighed in. She had not yet married Frank Sinatra. It was later, as a publicity stunt for “Rosemary’s Baby”, that Vidal Sassoon gave it a token trim for the benefit of the press.”

I would like to thank Jill Teresa Farmer for her input and correction!

Here are some shots I found, the first one dates back to 1967, the other two are undated.

All rights go to the photographer of these images. I am not the author.


NB – Check out this portrait of Luis Bunuel by Salvador Dali: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/in-1924-salvador-dali-did-a-portrait-of/

The only male nude by Helmut Newton

Luchino Visconti’s collaborator and lover, famous Austrian actor Helmut Berger (1944- ) starred in , Conversation Piece (1974), The Damned (1969), Ludwig (1972) etc. On Ludwig, he said that after the filming, he committed himself to a sanatorium in order to rid himself of Ludwig’s character who had taken over his real-life persona.
An alleged-bisexual, Berger is also the only man ever shot nude by Helmut Newton who confined most of his works to fashion photography. “I was never interested in naked men”, the photographer said. And yet here is the iconic picture.

All rights go to Helmut Newton. I am not the author of this image (But Geez, don’t I wish I was)!

Helmut Berger, as photographed by Helmut Newton in Beverly Hills, 1984.

Tribute to my beloved Alexandre de Paris

Alexandre de Paris, born Louis Alexandre Raimon (1922-2008) is an undermined figure of cinema style and fashion yet a very famous French hairdresser, born and died in St-Tropez; France.
Described by Jean Cocteau as “le Sphinx de la Coiffure”, he worked with Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Chanel etc. and is the artist behind Elisabeth Taylor‘s coiffure in Cleopatra (1963) and he styled Tippie Hedren in Marnie (1964), Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Romy Schneider, Greta Garbo etc.

As the creator of the “chignon” hairstyle, his contribution is not negligible and yet very few comprehensive tribute pages for him exist online, not a lot of photos too. Here’s what I was able to gather, as a gesture of appreciation of this genius, showing that there’s nothing minor about his work, only real chef-d’oeuvres of inspiration and creativity. His salons and apprentices are widespread in Paris.

Here’s a portrait of him and then 2 photos with Elisabeth Taylor and finally the logo that his friend, Jean Cocteau, made for him.


Judy (Garland) seen by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) is one American photographer whose work I find inspiring. I am particularly fond of the way he shot Judy Garland (1922-1969) throughout the 50s and the 60s. The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet me in St-Louis (1944) and A Star is Born (1954)  actress and singer surely was not “over the rainbow” throughout her life: She met her untimely death due to an overdose of barbiturates, the drug that made her suffer throughout her life. I suppose these images capture her sense of youth, glamor and eventually desperation beautifully, very far from the typical “Dorothy” we all know and love.

Here are the photos I dug up of her, shot by Avedon. All rights go to the photographer. I am not the author of these images.

Judy Garland, 1951.


Judy Garland, 1951

Judy Garland & Richard Avedon, 1956

Judy Garland, New York, 1961

Judy Garland, 1963

NB: Check out Richard Avedon’s portrait of Carl Th. Dreyer here: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/dreyer-copenhagen/

& Truman Capote: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/tribute-to-authors-screenwriters-three-portraits-of-truman-capote/

Youssef Chahine & The Sparrow يوسف شاهين والعصفور

Egyptian film-maker Youssef Chahine ( يوسف شاهين (1926-2008 is surely one of the impressive directors from the Middle-East.
I remember my father telling me a lot about his most famous pictures such as “Al-Massir” (Destiny, 1997), Wadaaan Bonapart (Adieu Bonapart, 1985) and of course, the most elusive of them all “Al-Usfur العصفور (The Sparrow, 1972).
I had the wonderful opportunity to watch the latter on the big screen at a film festival in the region and I loved it.

The backdrop is the famous Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel back in 1967, for the story of young policeman (Salah Kabil) trying to unearth a huge goverment corruption while dealing with problems at home. Chahine manages to literally film Egyptian society suffocating with an awesome panorama at the ghettos seen from afar, strongly resembling cemeteries. Narration-wise, he opts for something more intriguing than the Point A to Point B passage through several stream-of-consciousness cuts, seemingly out of nowhere, but he does it beautifully. The work is compelling on all levels.

Here’s a portrait of Youssef Chahine by Laurence Surde (47×47 cm) and the poster of “The Sparrow”. I am not the author of these images. All rights go to the artist Laurence Surde for the portrait and whoever executed the film poster.

2001: An Actor’s Odyssey

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) is surely considered a great & complex chef-oeuvre by Stanley Kubrick.
And while most of us have no problem remembering the director’s name, as humungous as it is, I suppose we tend to unconsciously disregard the fact that the film had actors in it, Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood to name a few. They played the two astronauts.
Here you’ll find some behind the scenes photos of these actors as they filmed “2001: A Space Odyssey”. You’ll notice that Kubrick is absent from most of these shots, let’s focus on their work for a change…I am not the author of these images. Copyright goes to Time.Life Magazine

Gary Lockwood on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Keir Dullea on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

 Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Keir Dullea on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood listen to Stanley Kubrick on set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

 Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Gary Lockwood on the set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

A rare portrait of Peter Sellers by photo-journalist Peter Keen

For some reason, actor Peter Sellers has not been the center of many a great portrait, nor did he adorn the cover of famous magazines. However, his associations were always interesting, especially his friendship with controversial author Jerzy Kosinski (scroll down) and apparently photo-journalist Peter Keen.

The latter was born in West Drayton, Middlesex, in 1928. He began his career as a professional freelance photo-journalist & traveled a lot.  In the USSR he was arrested three times by the KGB for alleged spying but moved on to win British Photographer of the Year Award in 1960. The relationship between him and Sellers is unclear, one can suppose they were friends.
He somehow managed to take this beautiful shot of the of actor in profile which really made my day when I first saw it. The spontaneous pose & warm colors are an amazing contrast to Sellers’ drug-addicted and tormented character. Just beautiful.

“Peter Sellers” by Peter Keen
C-type colour print, 1968
9 5/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (245 mm x 168 mm)
Copyright goes to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Check out my Jerzy Kosinski post:  https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/tribute-to-authors-screenwriters-who-is-jerzy-kosinski/