Days of Heaven, 1978
“At [director Terence] Malick’s insistence certain parts of the film were made at what he calls the ‘magic hour’, that is, the time between sunset and nightfall. From the point of view of luminosity, this period lasts about twenty minutes, so that calling it a ‘magic hour’ is an optimistic euphemism.
The light really was very beautiful, but we had little time to film scenes of long duration. All day we would work to get the actors and the camera ready; as soon as the sun had set we had to shoot quickly, not losing a moment. For these few minutes the light is truly magical, because no one knows where it is coming from. The sun is not to be seen, but the sky can be bright, and the blue of the atmosphere undergoes strange mutations.
Malick’s intuition and daring probably made these scenes the most interesting ones visually in the film. And it takes daring to convince the Hollywood old guard that the shooting day should last only twenty minutes. Even though we took advantage of this short space of time with a kind of frenzy, we often had to finish the scene the next day at the same time, because night would fall inexorably. Each day, like Joshua in the Bible, Malick wanted to stop the sun in its imperturbable course so as to go on shooting.”
-excerpted from A Man with a Camera, by Néstor Almendros
Woman Pouring Water into a Jar
Oil on panel, 36 x 27 cm.
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Photo by Masao Yamamoto
Erwin Blumenfeld, Advertisement for Dana Perfumes, 1950 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Arne Jacobsen (Denmark)
Ant chair, 1955
Varvara Stepanova, Constructitvism Collage
Bette Davis with her maid Marie in the Warner Brothers studio (1943)
“It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies. No one has ever understood the sweetness of my joy at the end of a good day’s work. I guess I threw everything else down the drain. I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” —Bette Davis
Gabriël Metsu, A Woman Reading a Letter
Oil on wood panel
52.5 cm × 40.2 cm (20.7 in × 15.8 in)
Thurston Hopkins, Street Games, 1954
Blue Flower, 1962
Oil, glue, nails, and canvas collage on canvas stretched over panel, panel size 11 5/8 x 11 3/8 in.
Erwin Blumenfeld, Jean Patchett, Vogue US Cover, 1950 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944)
Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler
Based on the novel Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
“Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money and for a woman. I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman. Pretty, isn’t it?”
Rare, Historic, and Deluxe Tiffany & Co. Smith & Wesson .32 Double Action 4th Model Revolver Exhibited by the Factory at the 1893 “World’s Columbian Exposition” in Chicago.
Boris Karloff relaxes on the set of Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
“The monster was the best friend I ever had. Certainly I was typed. But what is typing? It’s a trademark, a means by which the public recognizes you. Actors work all their lives to achieve that. I got mine with just one picture. It was a blessing.”
Samuel van Hoogstraten
View of an Interior, or The Slippers
(traditional title, given in the 19th century)
Between 1654 and 1662
Oil on canvas, 103 x 70 cm.
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Marc Riboud, Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957
60” x 60”, acrylic & graphite on canvas
Erwin Blumenfeld, The Low cut neckline, Vogue New York, 1952
Sana’a, Yemen c.1927
“I’m an experienced woman; I’ve been around … well, alright, I might not’ve been around, but I’ve been … nearby.”
—Mary Tyler Moore
1936 – 2017
Robert J. Avrech
Acrylic on wood panel, 2016-2017
Each panel 10″ x 10″
Framed: 33″ x 43″
Special thanks to Seraphic Secret friend Joe Huffman who gave us this wonderful American flag quilt as a Chanukah gift. The quilt was made expressly for us by his talented sister-in-law Julie. Karen and I are deeply moved by Joe and Julie’s generosity. Maayan wishes all our friends and relatives a patriotic and uplifting Shabbat.
A wider view of our spectacular American Flag quilt.