These pictures from 1955, taken by her close friend, photographer Milton Greene show a Marilyn that the world never saw. Visiting Greene’s Conneticut home in June of that year, Marilyn is bare faced, her iconic curls wet and straight, her skin looking like the heart of a pale rose, spattered with freckles that were always hidden from movie audiences. This intimate set of photos show how naturally comfortable she always was in front of the camera, completely open, communicating to the unseen viewer.
In terms of must-watch movies for Halloween, iconic retro horror films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, The Exorcist, Dracula, Frankenstein, Psycho, all of these (plus more) are a must. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time you’re watching or the hundredth time, they are a necessary ingredient in putting you in a spooky mood.
William Mortensen is an art historical hero not well known to the masses. Mortensen began as a Hollywood artist; a contemporary of Cecil B. DeMille who worked in everything from set decoration to costumery. He was a photographer too, and as the jack-of-all-trades grew more popular in the film industry, he was able to photograph the likes of Jean Harlow and Peter Lorre, the resulting images ending up in glamorous magazines and bestselling books. Except Mortensen was no typical portrait artist.
Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside studios like Universal in the 1920s and ’30s, he produced portraits that were more nightmare than reality. Manipulating his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, his artworks looked like paintings rather than photographs. Given the subject matter — monster primates, transfixing nudes and anything occult — it was just easier to assume the former. His non-celebrity imagery had no limits, as he obsessed over torture, death and unbridled sexuality. (text from here)
On-set photos from iconic movies are such a beautiful glimpse behind the curtain, especially sweeping epics like Gone with the Wind, where we’re treated with photos of its stars lounging and smoking and giggling while still costumed. This collection of photos delight me – they feature pictures of Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable playing smoking together, photos of Vivien in wardrobe tests, and Vivien Leigh with Olivia de Havilland, looking like a couple of sullen, bored debutantes.