Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
Marlon Brando, 1950 (photo by Philippe Halsman) (via)
"I have read the play [Orpheus Descending] three times since yesterday and am going to read it again. I think that it is the best play that you have done so far. I have been afraid for you sometimes, because success sings a deadly lullaby to most people. Success is a real and subtle whore, who would like nothing better than to catch you sleeping and bite your cock off.
You have been as brave as anybody I’ve known, and it is comforting to think about it. You probably don’t think of yourself as brave because nobody who really has courage does, but I know you are and I get food from that.”
-Brando, in a 1955 letter to Tennessee Williams (full letter here)(via) 

Marlon Brando, 1950 (photo by Philippe Halsman) (via)

"I have read the play [Orpheus Descending] three times since yesterday and am going to read it again. I think that it is the best play that you have done so far. I have been afraid for you sometimes, because success sings a deadly lullaby to most people. Success is a real and subtle whore, who would like nothing better than to catch you sleeping and bite your cock off.

You have been as brave as anybody I’ve known, and it is comforting to think about it. You probably don’t think of yourself as brave because nobody who really has courage does, but I know you are and I get food from that.”

-Brando, in a 1955 letter to Tennessee Williams (full letter here)(via

Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, dir. Elia Kazan)

Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, dir. Elia Kazan)

Alex NorthBelle Reve Reflections (A Streetcar Named Desire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

James Dean photographed at his former high school in Fairmount, Indiana (1955) Photographer: Dennis Stock
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James Dean photographed at his former high school in Fairmount, Indiana (1955) Photographer: Dennis Stock

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Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz) Photo by Burt Glinn (via)

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz) Photo by Burt Glinn (via)

Marilyn Monroe(This Is) A Fine Romance

Judy Garland - Happy New Year


Eartha Kitt dances during Dizzy Gillespie’s set at the Newport Jazz Festival (1954) (via)

Eartha Kitt dances during Dizzy Gillespie’s set at the Newport Jazz Festival (1954) (via)

Grant Williams in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957, dir. Jack Arnold), the story of a man who starts shrinking after he’s exposed to a radioactive cloud.

To film a scene in which Williams battles a tarantula, Arnold filmed a real Panamanian tarantula. He put the film of the tarantula in the ground glass of the camera, moved Williams into a matching position on oversize sets, and then had him count to the beat of a metronome to match his movements to those of the tarantula.

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Julie London - I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Poster art: Saul Bass edition

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Marilyn Monroe & Billy Wilder in contact sheets for Some Like it Hot (1959) (Magnum)

Marilyn Monroe & Billy Wilder in contact sheets for Some Like it Hot (1959) (Magnum)

Oklahoma (1955, dir. Fred Zinneman) Photographer: Burt Glinn (via)

Oklahoma (1955, dir. Fred Zinneman) Photographer: Burt Glinn (via)

Toshiro Mifune in Keigo Kimura’s Bijo to touzoku (1952)
Photographer: Werner Bischof (via)

Toshiro Mifune in Keigo Kimura’s Bijo to touzoku (1952)

Photographer: Werner Bischof (via)