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From Library Journal
This book highlights a little-known aspect of longtime Magnum member Arnold's career: her photojournalism and publicity work on over 20 films, ranging from Joan Crawford's The Best of Everything (1959) to John Huston's Under the Volcano (1984), with a few stray celebrity shots included as a bonus. Sadly, this work has been little seen, perhaps because so many of the films covered here were box office bombs. The book captures Arnold's gift for establishing intimacy with her subjects. Most memorable is a portrait of a bone-weary Anne Bancroft on the set of The Pumpkin Eater, taken just days after President Kennedy's assassination. Arnold's reflections on the films are jottings and impressions, not fully developed essays. Still, readers may enjoy some gossipy tidbits, as when, moments after meeting Arnold, an aging, inebriated Joan Crawford insisted that she be photographed in the nude (the photographs were taken but don't appear in the book). Movie buffs will enjoy some film history photographic footnotes, like the one of a young Vanessa Redgrave accompanied by toddlers Joely and Natasha Richardson, now both respected actresses. The best shots: a young, intense, T-shirt clad Paul Newman attending a 1955 Actor's Studio class and a classic shot of film legends Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe in intense concentration before a take on The Misfits. This black-and-white photo collection deserves a place on the shelves of large popular film history collections. Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA
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About the Author
Born in Philadelphia into a Russian immigrant family, Eve Arnold studied medicine before changing to photography studies in New York in 1947. In 1951 she became the first woman to work for the celebrated Magnum Photos agency. A friend and protegee of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arnold is known equally for her photo-essays on peoples and cultures and her sensitive portraits of both celebrities and unknown subjects. Her work has appeared in Life magazine and The Sunday Times,... read more
From American photojournalist Eve Arnold, an intimate and candid look behind the scenes of some of the greatest movies ever made.
In between her documentary photography, Eve Arnold spent almost fifty years photographing movie stars on location. From 1959, beginning with Joan Crawford's last major film, The Best of Everything, and ending in 1984 with Steaming, Joseph Losey's final picture, she worked behind the scenes on forty films, including The Misfits and Alien, capturing such legends as Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, Isabella Rossellini, Marlon Brando and Anjelica Huston.
Film Journal is a collection of these images, over 120 photographs in all, along with the notes and impressions made by Arnold during the shoots. As her camera revealed the personalities beneath the stars, Arnold also became privy to their personal lives. In Film Journal she writes memorably about the tensions and dramas on the film set, of Crawford sneaking in vodka in a Pepsi cooler, Dietrich recounting her night with JFK.
With eighty previously unpublished photographs and including many old favorites, Film Journal is a classic from one of the twentieth century's most distinguished photographers.