Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 18, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 22 Comments Marlon Brando applying his make-up on the set of On the Waterfront (1954).“[In On the Waterfront] there was a scene in a taxicab, where I turn to my brother, who’s come to turn me over to the gangsters, and I lament to him that he never looked after me, he never gave me a chance, that I could have been a contender, I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum…It was very moving. And people often spoke about that, ‘Oh, my God, what a wonderful scene, Marlon, blah blah blah blah blah.’It wasn’t wonderful at all. The situation was wonderful. Everybody feels like he could have been a contender, he could have been somebody, everybody feels as though he’s partly bum, some part of him. He is not fulfilled and he could have done better, he could have been better. Everybody feels a sense of loss about something. So that was what touched people. It wasn’t the scene itself. There are other scenes where you’ll find actors being expert, but since the audience can’t clearly identify with them, they just pass unnoticed. Wonderful scenes never get mentioned, only those scenes that affect people.”-Brando, quoted in Lawrence Grobel’s Conversations with Brando (1993) August Sander, Sisters, 1925. Harry Callahan, Weed Against Sky, Detroit, 1958. Myron Stout, Number 3, oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 16″, 1954 Edward Hopper, Office at Night, 1940. Michael Wolf, Paris Rooftop, 2014. Alex Timmermans, Tea Time, 2012. Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942. Erwin Olaf Apolonia, Laboral Escena series, 2008. Jerome Lucani, Brigitte Bardot, 2012 Digital C-prints on Piano Finished Black Lacquered Hand-carved Wood Panel Glazed in Resin. The photo is a collage of BB photos. “I am vain, and afraid that I’ll leave nothing of myself behind when I die, nothing to be remembered by…An actress is dead when the last person to remember her dies! And that’s not enough for me!”—Alla Nazimova (b. Marem-Ides Leventon) 1923. Orazio Gentileschi, The Finding of Moses, 1630s. Cooper & Gorfer, Natalia’s Letters, 2015. Nick Veasey, Bride & Groom, 2011. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller at their Jewish wedding ceremony, 1956. MM adored Miller’s father Isidore. She particularly enjoyed the matzo ball soup that was served at the Miller home. One evening, after consuming a big bowl of the soup, MM asked: “Gee, isn’t there any other part of the matzo you can eat?” Stanley Kubrick, 1946, Life and Love on the New York City Subway. Edward Hopper, Rooms for Tourists, 1945. “Everyone’s childhood plays itself out. No wonder no one knows the other or can completely understand. By this I don’t know if I’m just giving up with this conclusion or resigning myself – or maybe for the first time connecting with reality.How do we know the pain or another’s earlier years, let alone all that he drags with him since along the way at best a lot of leeway is needed for the other – yet how much is unhealthy for one to bear. I think to love bravely is the best and accept – as much as one can bear.”—Marilyn Monroe, quoted in Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, LettersPhoto by Andre de Dienes, ’50. Ariel Chaim wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.