Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Question: What, finally, does the cinema mean to you?
Akira Kurosawa: It’s simple: take myself, subtract movies, and the result is zero.

George Ault
Daylight at Russell’s Corners, 1944


Buster Keaton and his sons, 1920s


Marvin E. Newman
Coney Island, 1953


Walker Evans
Photo Studio, New York, 1934


Gerald Murphy
Razor, 1924
Oil on canvas
32 1/16 × 36 1/2 in


“I’m not the Red Riding Hood type. I don’t think any girl is so dumb that she can’t tell a wolf from her grandma.”
– Yvonne De Carlo


Charles Sheeler
The Upstairs, 1938


Leonard McCombe
Kim Novak, 20th Century Limited Dining Car, 1956


Rick McGinnis
Still life, Parkdale, 1998


Thomas Hoepker
Cinema, Naples, 1956


1936 Auburn Speedster


Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): “I think you’re rotten.”
Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray): “I think you’re swell, so long as I’m not your husband.”
Double Indemnity, 1944
Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler
Based on Double Indemnity by James M. Cain


Ethiopian Jews celebrate their first Passover in Israel.


“I have had eight names, counting my four married surnames. Professionally de Havilland was Olivia’s; she was the first-born and I was not to disgrace her name. I took my first theatrical name, Joan Burfield, from Burfield Street in Hollywood. Then I became Joan St. John. One evening at the Trocadero nightclub, at the urging of a fortune teller, I picked Fontaine, my stepfather’s name. ‘Take that,’ she advised, ‘Joan Fontaine is a success name.’ She was right.”
– Joan Fontaine, whose original name was Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland


Henri Matisse
Piano & Checker Players, 1924
oil on canvas


Dovima, wearing an evening ensemble by Jacques Fath, photographed in Paris by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1956


Walter Sickert
The Acting Manager or Rehearsal, The End of the Act, 1886


Walker Evans
Cinema, Havana, 1933


Robert J. Avrech
Mariachi Band Guitar with Star of David, Las Vegas, 2018


Martha Holmes
Cathy O’Donnell  (b. Ann Steely, 1923 — 1970) 1945
O’Donnell’s best films are: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), They Live By Night (1948), The Man from Laramie (1955).


Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a happy and kosher Passover and an inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted April 6, 2018 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    There was a scene in “The Bad and the Beautiful” where a blonde, who looked to me like Kim Novak, was dancing with Gilbert Roland. Was that her uncredited ? Anyway, she was the blonde goddess of my youth.

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  2. Posted April 6, 2018 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I love the 1936 Auburn… I wonder how fast it was. It certainly looks fast!!

    I’ve said before that, in my youth, Kim Novak was my ideal image of the sexy blonde bombshell. Apparently, the boys in the dining car agree with my tastes!

    Wishing you and your family a happy and kosher Passover, Robert.

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