Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions February 15, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 9 Comments “Unlike writers or painters, we don’t sit down in front of a blank canvas and say, ‘How do I start? Where do I start?’ We’re given the springboard of the text, a plane ticket, told to report to Alabama, and there’s a group of people all ready to make a film and it’s a marvelous life.“—Albert Finney R.I.P. 1936-2019 The Fish Market (1627)by Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp (1594-1652)oil on canvas: 110.5 x 122.5 cm Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)Man purchasing herring, wrapped in newspaper, for a Sabbath meal, Mukacevoc. 1935-38International Center of Photography© Mara Vishniac Kohn Napoleon Hat Shape Piano, one of the earliest surviving upright pianos, commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1853, made in England as a wedding gift for Napoleon III, a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. Made of walnut wood, the piano has beautifully carved decorations of roses and figs on its legs and pedals.Source: artstarbird Joan Crawford, 1930, photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull The Nomos Club Campus wristwatch is a Bahaus inspired design with lumed hands and numbers and a sturdy, old-school mechanical movement. It has the relatively affordable price of $1,500. “Anybody with a good memory for cliches and unafraid to write like a child can bat out a superb movie in a few days.” —Ben Hecht. A personal observation: Hecht was being cynical. Screenwriting is a difficult and demanding craft. Ironically, Hecht was most proud of his novels and short stories. But read today, they are quite bad, sloppily constructed and poorly resolved. In contrast, the best of his scripts are marvels of structure, character, plot, and dialogue Thomas GainsboroughArtist dates 1727 – 1788The Painter’s Daughters with a CatMade probably about 1760-1Oil on canvasDimensions 75.6 x 62.9 cm I’m pretty sure this is Ava Gardner’s MGM ID photo, 1940s. Rick McGinnisBrooklyn Bridge, 2018 Ninotchka, 1939Screenplay by, Melchior Lengyel, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter ReischStory by Melchior Lengyel Yvonne Jacquette (American, born 1934). East River View with Brooklyn Bridge, 1983. Oil on canvas, 96 x 128 in. (243.8 x 325.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Landowne-Bloom Foundation in memory of Louis Landowne and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 83.84. © artist or artist’s estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 83.84_SL1.jpg) Charles HewittNight Time Coffee, London, 1952 Dovima modeling a Dior evening gown, mink stole coat and Cartier jewelry in a photo by Virginia Throen, Harper’s Bazaar, 1954 “They say there’s a thin man trying to get out of every fat man. Well, with me it’s always been the actress trying to get out of being a star.”— Jane Russell Giovanni Battista MoroniPortrait of a Young Woman,ca. 1575Oil on canvas20 3/8 x 16 3/8 inchesPrivate collection Milton GreeneMarilyn Monroe with mandolin. Los Angeles, California, 1953. Ernst HaasView from Notre Dame, Paris, 1955 Jimmy Cagney is justly proud of his Duesenberg. According to Timothy P. McGrane, Executive Director of Blackhawk Automotive Museum, “This car is one of the two Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedans by Dietrich from 1931. It is understood that there is only one remaining as the other was destroyed by fireCagney was also associated with a 30’s V12 Auburn Convertible Coupe.” Thanks to Seraphic Secret reader Bill Brandt for putting us in touch with Mr. McGrane. Illuminated Megillat Esther (Scroll of Esther), Northern Italy, Mid-18th Century Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)Vishniac’s daughter Mara posing in front of an election poster for Hindenburg and Hitler that reads “The Marshal and the Corporal: Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights,” Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933.Courtesy International Center of PhotographyOn display at Jewish Museum London© Mara Vishniac Kohn Ariel Chaim and Pinchas Tzvi wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.