“I walked on the “Philadelphia Story” (’40) set just as they were shooting the last love scene between Katie Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. I must say they were both in the mood–especially Jimmy, who had suggestions for improvement until they’d taken five takes. After each he sheepishly exclaimed, “And I’m getting paid for this!” I congratulated him on the improvement of his love technique and asked him to light my cigarette. His hand shook so much he could hardly manage it.”
—Hedda Hopper (1940)
Vincent Van Gogh
The Old Tower (1884)
Gertrude Käsebier, “Lollipops.” Mina Turner and her cousin Elizabeth in Waban, Massachusetts. 1910. Dry plate glass negative.
Barnett Newman (American, New York 1905–1970 New York)
Oil and masking tape on canvas
89 3/4 x 53 5/8 in. (228 x 136.2 cm)
Kyōko Kagawa, and Kazuo Hasegawa In The Crucified Lovers, 1954, a powerful movie about love, duty, honor and courage in 17th century Japan. Hint, the ending is not happy.
Japanese poster, The Crucified Lovers, 1954
Robert J. Avrech
Karen Catches Light
“If an audience didn’t like us we had no trouble finding it out. We were pelted with sticks, bricks, spitballs, cigar butts, peach pits and chewed-out stalks of sugar cane. We took all this without flinching – until Minnie [their mother] gave us the high-sign that we’d collected our share of the receipts. Then we started throwing stuff back at the audience and run like hell for the railroad station the second the curtain came down.”
—Harpo Marx, on the Marx Brothers’ early days as traveling vaudevillians.
Pieter Claesz (Berchem 1597/98-1660 Haarlem), Still Life with Roemer, Tazza, and Watch, 1636, oil on panel, 44 x 61 cm (17 5/16 x 24 in.), Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Gunnar Smoliansky Sodermalm, Stockholm, 1959
‘Pale Fire’, 1988
Oil on linen, 243.8 x 372.1 cm.
Harold Eugene Edgerton
Cutting the Card Quickly 1964
Francesca Woodman, Untitled, 1979
Randall Model #27, “Trailblazer” with stainless 5-3/4″ blade, nickel silver hilt, with ivory center section and a Randall Duralumin butt cap.
Leonardo da Vinci
Study for the Head of Leda
“Nothing in the world can be compared to the human face. It is a land one can never tire of exploring. There is no greater experience in a studio than to witness the expression of a sensitive face under the mysterious power of inspiration. To see it animated from inside, and turning into poetry.”
—Carl Theodor Dreyer, Thoughts on My Craft
Lisbeth Movin in Day of Wrath, 1943, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, one of the greatest movies ever made.
Written by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Poul Knudsen, Mogens Skot-Hansen
Based on Anne Pedersdotter by Hans Wiers-Jenssen
oil on canvas
Mina Keiler Avrech, z’l 1923-1989
1954 MG TF 1250
Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil, 1958
Screenplay by Orson Welles, Based on Badge of Evil, 1956 novel by Whit Masterson
Artist/Maker: Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert
American, b. Germany, 1900-1981
Place Made: New York, United States
Date: 1930 Frankfurt, produced 1978
Silver, ebony, and glass
Seder 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.
Livia and Maayan wish all our friends and relatives a beautiful and inspirational Shabbat.