In the Shadows

Photograph by Justin Grant

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren 1957.

Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. Among her films at this time were Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play; Houseboat, a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor’s Heller in Pink Tights, in which she appeared as a blonde for the first time.

In 1961, she starred in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women, a stark, gritty story of a mother who is trying to protect her 12-year-old daughter in war-torn Italy. The two end up gang-raped inside a church as they travel back to their home city following cessation of bombings there. (Read more)

Sunday: 3 of 6

From the 1992 film, Bitter Moon, a Franco-British-American erotic romantic thriller film directed by Roman Polanski. It starred Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Peter Coyote. (More)

Sunday: 5 of 6

Grace Kelly 1955 To Catch a Thief.

Friday: 5 of 6

Sophia Loren and Cary Grant from the film Houseboat (1968)

Monday: 4 of 6

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in the recording studio,
photographed by Allan Grant in 1958.

September Sunday: 3 of 6

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Richard Avedon in1958.

Monday: 5 of 6

Leo Fuchs is a Hollywood veteran who shot some of the most moving and memorable images of 50s and 60s film icons ever made. Fuchs’ introduction to moviemaking came as one of the world’s leading “special photographers” on movie sets in Europe and North America. Starting as a freelance magazine photographer, he was one of the rare outsiders invited onto movie sets, where he often developed life–long relationships with the actors and filmmakers and captured candid shots both during shooting and after hours while socializing with the stars.
With the support of his dear friend Cary Grant, Fuchs left photography behind in 1964 and spent the next 20 years as a motion picture producer.

Sunday: Post 7 of 8 – Erotic Art

Norman Lindsay was an Australian artist, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeller, and boxer. The first major screen adaptation of Lindsay’s literary works was the film Age of Consent. Adapted from Lindsay’s 1935 novel, it was the last feature film directed by Michael Powell, and starred James Mason and Helen Mirren. Sam Neill played a fictionalised version of Lindsay in the  film Sirens, set and filmed primarily at Lindsay’s actual home. The film is also notable as the movie debut of Australian supermodel Elle MacPherson. It also starred Hugh Grant and Portia De Rossi who is now the partner of Ellen DeGeneres.