Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball

Lou Reed, Nico, Bob Dylan, and Edie Sedgwick in Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests (1966), which were originally conceived as “living portraits” (i.e. portraits done on film rather than on canvas) and featured silent, unbroken 3-4 minute shots of both famous & anonymous visitors to Warhol’s studio sitting in front of the camera.

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Screen test excerpts: Reed / Nico / Dylan / Sedgwick

Duke EllingtonSugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy: The Nutcracker Suite

Michael Caine in Funeral in Berlin (1966, dir. Guy Hamilton) 

Michael Caine in Funeral in Berlin (1966, dir. Guy Hamilton) 

Otis Redding - White Christmas

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

HAL 9000 aka Douglas Rain - Daisy Bell (2001 A Space Odyssey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ella Fitzgerald - Winter Wonderland

Elizabeth Taylor in publicity still for Cleopatra (1963, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz) (via)

Elizabeth Taylor in publicity still for Cleopatra (1963, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz) (via)

Vince Guaraldi - Skating (A Charlie Brown Christmas: Original Soundtrack Recording of the CBS Television Special)

Dean Martin - Silver Bells

Poster art: Saul Bass edition

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"Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, and the check-out you’ve just witnessed with two state troopers verifying the event, but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner.
You’ve heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now and you’ll be a part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They’ve got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you’ll search with them, because you’ve just landed in the Twilight Zone.”
-Rod Serling, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”, The Twilight Zone (1961)

"Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, and the check-out you’ve just witnessed with two state troopers verifying the event, but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner.

You’ve heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now and you’ll be a part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They’ve got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you’ll search with them, because you’ve just landed in the Twilight Zone.

-Rod Serling, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”, The Twilight Zone (1961)

Sophia Loren in The Condemned of Altona (1962, dir. Vittorio De Sica)
Photo by Herbert List (via)

Sophia Loren in The Condemned of Altona (1962, dir. Vittorio De Sica)

Photo by Herbert List (via)