Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions August 28, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 16 Comments “The mixed reviews and poor box office for Vertigo lessened my self-confidence. I always have this feeling that I’m supposed to do something, to mean something. My sense of that started to weaken, as if, ‘Oh, I thought this was a medium that I was supposed to touch people in and I’m not having an impact.’ As time went by, I thought, ‘This is not the right medium.’ It’s a wonderful medium and I enjoyed working in it but I started to think that this must have been a detour. This must not be my medium for doing something important and to touch people.I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.”-Kim Novak, The MacGuffin interview, 2004 Drugstore, by Edward Hopper, 1927. Bobby Soxer, 1950s Elvis reads about The Beatles. Paul and George read about Elvis. Photo of the young model Lauren Bacall by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, March 1943. Mademoiselle Pogany II, by Constantin Brancusi, polished bronze, 1925. Untitled, by James Nares, 1999. Bela Lugosi and Helen Chandler in Dracula, 1931.“When I am given a new role in a horror film, I have a character to create just as much as if I were playing a straight part. Whether one thinks of films like Dracula as ‘hokum’ or not does not alter the fact; the horror actor must believe in his part. The player who portrays a film monster with his tongue in his cheek is doomed to fail.In playing Dracula, I have to work myself up into believing that he is real, to ascribe to myself the motives and emotions that such a character would feel. For a time I become Dracula – not merely an actor playing at being a vampire. A good actor will ‘make’ a horror part. He will build up the character until it convinces him and he is carried away by it.There is another reason why I do not mind being “typed” in eerie thrillers – with few exceptions, there are, among actors, only two types who matter at the box office. They are heroes and villains. The men who play these parts are the only ones whose names you will see in electric lights outside the theater. Obviously you will not find me competing with Clark Gable or Robert Montgomery! Therefore, I have gone to the other extreme in my search for success and public acclaim.“-Bela Lugosi, Film Weekly, July 1935 Night Windows, by Edward Hopper, 1928 First Responder, Jerusalem Cary Grant as Charlie Chaplin. Photo by Bert Stern for LIFE Magazine, Dec. 23rd, 1963. Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin on the set of The Gold Rush, 1925. Untitled photo montage by yours truly. Stanley Kubrick & Malcolm McDowell on the set of A Clockwork Orange, 1971.“Well, as you know, when Singing in the Rain came out, for generations of people, [Gene Kelly] swinging around that lamp post and slapping in that water, and singing…it’s one of the most euphoric moments we’ve ever seen on film. So when I had to come up with something for this sequence, which involved my character in a very brutal situation, that’s when he’s happiest. So Singing in the Rain just popped out. I just started singing it, and [Stanley] Kubrick bought the rights and we redid the whole thing and incorporated it.A footnote to that is that a year afterward, when the film had been out and it was a big hit, I was invited to come to Hollywood by Warner Brothers. I came out and it was very nice to meet everybody. I had never been to Hollywood before. And some guy who was my minder said, ‘Hey, there’s a party in Beverly Hills tonight, Malcolm. Do you want to go, there’s going to be lots of stars there?’ And I went, ‘Yeah! I would love to!’ I was like a kid in a candy store. And we go and he said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe this. Gene Kelly’s here. Would you like to meet him?’ And I went, ‘Oh yeah!’ (laughs)So he had his back to me and he tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘Gene, I’d like to introduce you to Malcolm McDowell’ and he looked at me and…then turned around and walked off.But you know, I totally got it. I totally understood. I took his glorious moment and put a different spin on it. I guess I kind of ruined his moment in a way. But of course, it was an homage to him, because it was so amazing. And so indelible in me as a person, that I blurted it out and started singing it while filming the scene.”-Malcolm McDowell Room in New York, by Edward Hopper, 1932 Swedish poster for Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, 1935. Jewish partisans in Poland. Photographer Faye Schulman, bottom right. In Aug.1942, the Germans murdered 1,850 Jews from the Lenin ghetto, (now Belarus) including Faye’s parents, sisters, and younger brother. They spared only 26, among them Faye for her photographic abilities. They ordered her to develop photographs of the massacre. Secretly she made copies. During a partisan raid, she fled to the forests and joined the Molotava Brigade, a partisan group made mostly of escaped Soviet Red Army POWs. Hebrew Lesson in Brooklyn, 1955. Photo by Cornell Capa, b. Kornél Friedmann. Cornell was the younger brother of famed photo journalist Robert Capa. Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.