The ultimate Dead Ringers poster !

I am sure you are familiar with the cliché Dead Ringers (1988, dir by David Cronenber) covers with the face of Jeremy Irons multiplying. Check out this kick-ass poster made by Jay Shaw for the same film…
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Al Pacino, by world famous paparazzo Ron Galella!

“For decades, Ron Galella (1931) was the world’s leading paparazzo, a tireless stalker with an Elmer Fudd laugh, so it was only natural that, when he jumped from behind a post with his Nikon flashing, the stars would respond to him. Often, they’d beckon coyly with a middle finger, or send over a bodyguard to suggest a tension-relieving service that he could perform on himself.” – The New Yorker

Al Pacino, October 18, 1979 by Ron Galella (Thank you Tarun Neo)
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Al Pacino, October 18, 1979_

Baron Laurence Olivier by Carl Van Vechten

No introduction is needed to Laurence Kerr Olivier aka Baron Olivier. In 1939, American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) shot this portrait of him.
vintage gelatin silver print, 17 June 1939
13 1/4 in. x 10 5/8 in. (335 mm x 270 mm)
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NPG P1126; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier by Carl Van Vechten

Orson Welles on the cover of “TIME”

On May 9th, 1938, Orson Welles appeared on the cover of “Time” magazine. And why, do I hear you wonder was Welles on the cover before he created and released all his film classics?
Because he had co-founded Mercury Theater with actor John Houseman. After four hit plays in six months, Welles made the cover of Time. Welles shocked America with his adaptation of HG Wells‘s The War of the Worlds on Halloween night. “I wish I could convey the atmosphere… the background of this… fantastic scene.” These were the first words of a broadcast which terrified its audience by sounding like a news bulletin, not a play. 

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May 9, 1938 Orson Welles

James Fox: 3 portraits. 2 photographers.

James Fox (1939- ) is born in England.You probably know him from Joseph Losey’s “The Servant” (1963) in which he played Tony, the aristocrat who hired Dirk Bogarde. He was also Chas in “Performance” (1970) with Mick Jagger.

But did you know Fox left the acting profession for nine years (1970-1979) after he filmed Performance (1970)? A combination of his father’s recent death, the strain of filming and smoking the hallucinogen DMT with Mick Jagger led to a nervous breakdown. Fox subsequently joined a religious organisation known as “The Navigators” which is similar to the Gideons and is closely associated with the ministry of Billy Graham. Let’s check out these  3 portraits of him.What a face!

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James Fox by Sandra Lousada
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1961.
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James Fox, by John Stoddart

James Fox, by John Stoddart

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Monica Vitti is Michelangelo Antonioni’s muse…

For 10 years, Monica Vitti (1931-), born in Rome,  was the muse and lover of Michelangelo Antonioni for almost a decade, starring in many of his most famous films, such as L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse (1962) & Red Desert (1964).  Check out these photos of them during their most productive period.

Very little information is available about these images, as in dates, photographers etc.
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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.

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NB – Check out this portrait of Luis Bunuel by Salvador Dali:

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.