Jean Seberg, at her prime, by Sam Levin.

You most likely know American actress Jean Seberg (1938-1979) as the lovely girl in Jean-Luc Godard’s film “A Bout de Souffle” (1960), who was waltzing down the street asking if anyone wants The NY Herald Tribune.
She also starred in Robert Bresson’s “Lilith” (1964) and the western-musical “Paint Your Wagon” (1969).
However,  Seberg was discovered dead in her car in Paris, apparently from an overdose of alcohol and drugs. One year later, her husband, writer and diplomat Romain Gary commits suicide as well.

This portrait was taken by Sam Levin while she was at her prime, in 1960. 

A french adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Alain Delon

To all you Alain Delon fans (and yes, I am one of you), maybe you have rediscovered some of his work as of late, thanks to his recent Dior ads and if you did, I hope you didn’t miss out on “Purple Noon/Plein Soleil” (1960) : the French adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Rene Clement is the director. Other films to his credit are “Gervaise” (1956) & “Forbidden Games” (1952).
The film threw him into the spotlight and was then closely followed by his work on Visconti’s “Rocco & His Brothers” (1961). I honestly think it was one of the best performances of career, both playful and intense.  It received the seal of approval of the writer herself and enjoyed a pretty strong cult following.
Check out the film posters that sprang out from that era, all over Europe and…enjoy.

NB- Check out Alain Delon & Alain Verneuil, on the set of Le Clan des Siciliens (1969) here.


Plein Soleil (Purple Noon), UK poster, unknown artist

In Pieno Sole, Italian poster, unknown artist.

Plein Soleil, French poster, unknown artist

Purple Noon, USA poster, unknown artist

Plein Soleil, French poster, unknown artist

V Plenem Slunci, Czech Republic, unknown artist

Plein Soleil, Polish poster, artist: Bohdan Butenko

Nur die Sonne war Zeuge, German poster, unknown artist


Michael Powell doing what parents should never do…

Director Michael Powell shows his son Columba Powell how his favorite toy works. They actually played father and son in the flashback scenes of the disturbing Peeping Tom (1960) when Columba was only 11 years old. If you haven’t seen this one, you’re missing out on a masterpiece. I just hope he’s not showing him the violent parts…
Unknown photographer. All rights go to Michael Powell.

Visconti’s costume designer is Piero Tosi

Piero Tosi (born April 10, 1927) is an Italian costume designer and collaborator of Luchino Visconti on many of the director’s films, including: Death in Venice (1971), The Leopard (1963), Rocco & His Brothers (1960) , The Damned (1969) and of course “Ludwig” (1972) . He was also the costume designer on “The Night Porter” (1974). An underrated artist if there ever was one.

For another post about a famous costume designer, click here

© Luchino Visconti & costume designer Piero Tosi with Silvana Mangano on the set of “Death in Venice”.

© ” Piero Tosiby Elisabetta Claudio (2009) for L’Uomo Vogue.