Pic of the Day – Italian poster for Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973)

Mean Streets italian poster by averardo ciriello

(Above) Averardo Ciriello’s Italian poster art for Martin Scorsese’s breakout third feature film Mean Streets (1973). Though set around the New York neighborhoods where Scorsese grew up, 20 of the film’s 26 shooting days took place in Los Angeles.

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Pic of the Day – On the set of Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Behind the Scenes Kong Skull Island Brie Larson photo by chuck zlotnick

Brie Larson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman on the graveyard set of Kong: Skull Island (2017). Pic by Unit Stills Photographer Chuck Zlotnick. To read more about the making of the film, check out this story from International Cinematographers Guild Magazine.

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Pic of the Day – On the set of On the Waterfront (1954)

Cinematographer Boris Kaufman and actor Karl Malden on the set of On the Waterfront

Cinematographer Boris Kaufman takes a light meter reading on the set of the Elia Kazan directed On the Waterfront (1954). Kaufman had worked in France for over a decade prior to World War II,  including shooting Jean Vigo’s only feature, L’Atalante (1934), but Waterfront served as his American feature debut at the age of 47. He won an Oscar for his work on the film and went on to forge fruitful collaborations with Kazan (Baby Doll, Splendor in the Grass) and Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, The Fugitive Kind, The Pawnbroker).

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Behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

With the latest installment of the Star Wars saga now out on Blu-ray and VOD, I culled together a few behind the scenes pics from the Making Of videos available over at the official Star Wars website and Industrial Light & Magic’s YouTube Channel.

Pic of the Day – The Posters of Steven Spielberg’s Duel (1971)

Posters from Steven Spielberg's Duel

Steven Spielberg made his feature film debut at the age of 24 with Duel, an ABC television Movie of the Week about a mild-mannered motorist’s desert highway battle with a menacing truck. Richard Matheson penned the teleplay from his own short story, which was first published in Playboy. It was Spielberg’s secretary at the time, Nona Tyson, who passed the story along to the nascent filmmaker and suggested it might be a good fit.

Spielberg had just 12 days to shoot the film. A scant 3 1/2 weeks after wrapping principal photography, Duel debuted on ABC in November of 1971. The ratings were so impressive that within a month of Duel’s television premier Spielberg was sent back out to capture additional footage so that the 74-minute running time could be padded in order to release the movie theatrically overseas.

For more Duel info, check out Edgar Wright’s recent interview with Spielberg or Steven Awalt’s book Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career. You can also find a three-part “Making Of” doc about the film on YouTube. The first part is posted below.