The Human Side of Fame.

Susan Sarandon in New York in 1993.  Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe Brigitte Lacombe is having a moment: for the first time in the photographer’s 40-year career. Some of her most celebrated photographs are on display at Phillips in New York, and a new portrait of one of her favorite subjects, Meryl Streep, is the cover of […]

‘Lifeboat’ 1944, by Alfred Hitchcock

John Hodiak and Tallulah Bankhead in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive Lifeboat opens with the fog over the North Atlantic parting and a solitary Connie Porter (Talluah Bankhead) appearing in a lifeboat – the setting for the remainder of the film. Following an attack on a civilian ship by a German U-Boat, drifting […]

‘Femme Fatales’ on Film.

In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Eva Green, the French actress (see above) is treacherous, deadly and alluring enough to turn a polar ice cap into a cloud of steam. Her character has a name – Ava Lord – but she might as well be called simply Femme Fatale. She is just the […]

Classic ‘B Movie’ Posters.

Spewed from Intergalactic Space… Bizarre titles, even stranger storylines, cheesy effects and dead-serious acting (I am not acting in a B-movie, what are you talking about? This is the defining point of my career!). All this adds to the esoteric charm, and even to the addiction that some people feel toward vintage movies and posters […]

100 Years of Australian Film.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSAA) celebrate the past and present of Australian film with the new exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits. Louise Lovely and Gordon Collingridge in Jewelled Nights (1925), directed by Louise Lovely and Wilton Welch. In this classic double silhouette […]

The Abandoned Movie Locations of Spain.

Image Credit: Photograph by Mark Parascandola via Huck Magazine. Over the past ten years, photographer Mark Parascandola has been journeying through the heart of southeastern Spain, documenting the abandoned outposts that once played host to some of cinema’s most iconic productions. [See the photos at Huck Magazine] via The Best Photography Of The Week – […]

Roger Corman’s “The Man with X Ray Eyes.”

BY LEE PFEIFFER Long regarded as one of Roger Corman’s most ambitious and poignant films, “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” comes to Blu-ray as an impressive special edition from Kino Lorber. Corman became a legend by overseeing production of countless low-budget horror and exploitation films beginning in the late 1950s. What the movies […]

Singin’ in the Rain, 1952.

Produced and Distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (USA). The most beloved of all screen musicals is also the most scholarly – a mock film-historical piece about the travails of a silent cinema star, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), struggling to make the transition into the talkies. Some of the film’s choicest humour is, a little cruelly, […]

Batman Movie Promo Shot, 1966.

Photo of Adam West as Batman from the television program. In this awesome early image Adam West is playing the most iconic superhero of that time. This image is a promotional photo from the movie studio when they released their spinoff movie to the show “Batman.” The movie was released a few months after the […]

Film’s most Famous Roar.

Probably a posed photo of Jackie the MGM Lion being filmed for the opening logo sequence in the 1920s. The very first MGM Lion used around 1915 or so was evidently Slats, who no-one heard, I guess. In the 1930s along came Tanner, who was a bit of a vocal , grumpy and roary old […]