During the filming of Dark Passage, Lauren Bacall had hurt the feelings of cameraman, Sid Hickox after of a comment made about the way he filmed one of the scenes. So director Delmer Daves decided to show Bacall that she knew less about film making than she was beginning to believe.“I decided to teach Betty a lesson. We lined up for her last scene in the film- one in which Bogie is suposed to telephone her from a bus depot and she gets the call in her apartment. Since it was an important scene, she was anticipating a big close-up, but I told her we were going to photograph her from the back so that the audience could imagine what was going on in her mind. ‘With my back to the camera?’ she said. Tears came into her eyes, but she was a great sport about it and rehearsed it, even though her voice was trembling and she was fighting to hold back the tears. That broke me up and I relented. ‘For God’s sake, Betty, we’re lit for the front,’ I told her . ‘I just wanted to teach you a lesson because you were so cruel to Sid’ ‘I know I was.’ Tears started to come into her eyes, which was just perfect, and that’s how we shot the scene. A few minutes later Bogie came on the set. He saw her sobbing and followed her to her dressing room. When it was time for him to come on set, he had on his great Bogie face- no emotion. Usually, he was a one-take actor, but this time he kept blowing his lines and apologizing. We finally got the scene after eight takes and Bogie came over and said ‘I’m sorry about letting you down but you know what was bothering me. Betty told me what happened, and the kid can still break me up. But I think you did the right thing. Maybe she was getting a bit too big in the britches.’ “
-Delmer Daves, director of Dark Passage.
Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux attend the ‘Grand Central’ Photocall during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2013 in Cannes, France
Ramon Novarro, Ben Hur by Fred Niblo (1925)
“Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ”, was the most expensive silent film ever made. Also showcased Ramon Novarro in early two-strip Technicolor sequences.
Nicole Kidman, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue US, May 2004.
“There was only one Saul Bass. He was a gentleman, a brilliant raconteur, a marvelous collaborator and, as I’ve said before, a truly great artist. And – let’s be honest – a giant.”
— Martin Scorsese
“Saul Bass wasn’t just an artist who contributed to the first several minutes of some of the greatest movies in history; in my opinion his body of work qualifies him as one of the best film makers of this, or any other time.”
— Steven Spielberg
“Bass fashioned title sequences into an art, creating in some cases, like Vertigo, a mini-film within a film. His graphic compositions in movement function as a prologue to the movie – setting the tone, providing the mood and foreshadowing the action.”
— Martin Scorsese
“He was the most beautiful man I ever saw. No question.” - Anne Baxter
“He had an aura about him that set him apart from everybody else. I had an enormous crush on him and felt his feet never touched the earth.” - Coleen Gray
“There’s never been anybody else like him — that’s what makes stars — he was unique”- Roddy McDowall
Happy 99th Birthday Tyrone Edmond Power Jr. (May 5, 1914 – November 15, 1958)
Blood Ties (2013), dir. Guillaume Canet