Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 26, 2021 by Robert J. Avrech 27 Comments “If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.”—Orson Welles Gustav KlimtBaby (Cradle), 1919 – 18Oil on canvas: 110.9 x 110.4 cm. Passover will be upon us on Saturday night. This is a Yemenite family conducting a Passover seder in Jerusalem, 1939. Samuel RothbortBaking Matzos for Pesachoil on canvas, hand carved frame, 11″ x 14″ Jews who escaped from Poland to Russia, baking matzah for Passover, USSR, 1943.Yad Vashem Photo Archives Passover plate, Spain, ca. 1480, earthenware “A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes.”—Howard Hawks Clifford’s Tower was the site of the massacre of the Jews of York in 1190. Rick McGinnisSweet Peppers, Toronto, May 2020 Bird’s Head Haggadah, by Menachem the Scribecirca 1300Handwritten on parchment; dark brown ink and tempera; square Ashkenazic script. This 14th century Haggadah is fascinating because all the human characters are depicted with, y’know, bird’s heads, more specifically a Griffin. Some think this was a way of getting around the charge of idolatry. Another view is that the illustration was meant to be playful, unthreatening images as a counter to European blood libels which claimed that Jews used Christian blood to bake matzoh. A young Jewish girl holds up a hand-baked matzah for the camera. Teheran, Iran, c 1964. Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe, 1935 “An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.”—Billy Wilder Arthur SzykThe Four Sons, 1934, from The Passover Haggadah.Robbins Family Collection, Palo Alto, California. Jewish community in Manila conducting a Passover Seder, 1925 The Rolex Deep Sea wrist watch can handle, well, the abyss. More here. Jean Simmons as Ophelia in Hamlet, 1948. Passover SetArtist/Maker: Ludwig Yehuda WolpertAmerican, b. Germany, 1900-1981Place Made: New York, United StatesDate: 1930 Frankfurt, produced 1978Silver, ebony, and glassSeder Plate: 4 1/16 × 13 5/16 × 11 7/16 in. (10.3 × 33.8 × 29.1 cm) Cup: 6 3/16 × 2 7/8 in. (15.7 × 7.3 cm)Gift of Sylvia Zenia Rosen Wiener to the Jewish Museum, N.Y. Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a beautiful Shabbat and a happy and kosher Passover.