Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions October 4, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 7 Comments Myrna Loy & William Powell in The Thin Man, 1934She grinned at me. “You got types?”“Only you, darling — lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.”—Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man (1929) Poster for The Magnificent Seven, designed by Saul Bass, 1960 Peggy Ann Garner as the young Jane Eyre, 1943 1957 Corvette Sophia Lorenphoto by Richard Avedon, 1961 Belt plaqueWestern Han dynasty, 207 BCE – 9 CEGold, jade, agate, turquoiseShaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Xi’an “The film concludes with a scene in the theatre, with Mammy of Mine in the stalls… and the son… warbling down at her the most penetratingly vulgar mammy song that it has ever been my lot to hear. My flesh crept as the loud speaker poured out those sodden words, that greasy, sagging melody. I felt ashamed of myself for listening to such things, for being a member of the species to which such things are addressed.”—Aldous Huxley on The Jazz Singer, 1927 Lady with Unicornby Raffaello Santi ( 1505-1506)oil on wood65 x 51 cmGalleria Borghese, Rome Carole Lombard, c.1938 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841 – 1919) Heads of Two Young Girls , 1890. Oil on canvas, 12 ¾ x 16 ¼ inches. Tacoma Art Museum Production sketch by art director/architect Walter Reimann for The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, 1920. Conrad Veidt and Lil Dagover in The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari Bravur Watches is a Swedish microbrand. Their design language is clean and classic without resorting to a boring minimalism. To power the watch Bravura use rugged and reliable Swiss mechanical movements. The attention to detail—polishing and finish—are exquisite. More here. “You see, the film studio… is really the palace of the sixteenth century. There one sees what Shakespeare saw; the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jesters, the cunningly ambitious intriguers. There are fantastically beautiful women, there are incompetent favorites. There are great men who are suddenly disgraced. There is the most insane extravagance, and unexpected parsimony over a few pence. There is enormous splendour which is a sham; and also horrible squalor hidden behind the scenery. There are vast schemes, abandoned because of some caprice. There are secrets which everybody knows and no one speaks of. There are even two or three honest advisers. There are the court fools who speak the deepest wisdom in puns, lest they should be taken seriously. They grimace, and tear their hair privately, and weep.”—Christopher Isherwood, Prater Violet Rick McGinnisRoses, Feb. 2019 King Kong, 1933. Stop motion animation by Willis O’Brien Vanity Fair Art Deco cover, October 1917 Douglas Fairbanks on the Moorish/Art Deco-inspired palace sets of The Thief of Bagdad, 1924. Art direction by William Cameron Menzies. The City of David Foundation recently delivered a major blow to the effort to erase Judaism’s 3,000-year ties to Jerusalem. On September 9, the foundation’s leading archaeologist announced the discovery of a 2,600-year-old royal seal, found near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, which bears the name (in Hebrew) of Adenyahu, a son of King David mentioned in the biblical Book of Kings. (Image source: Eliyahu Yanai/City of David Foundation) Via Constance Bennett in a photo by Elmer Fryer, 1931 Maayan, Lielle, and Livia wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.