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).
The pic above comes from a post over at Cinephilia and Beyond detailing the making of Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). The post includes a link to a downloadable version of the script as well as a 1972 Playboy interview with Peckinpah, almost all of which would unleash a shit-storm of outrage if published today.
(Above) Gary Oldman’s Belarusian dictator takes a Hans Gruber-esque swan dive in the buddy action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).
(Above) A set photo from the Angelina Jolie-directed, Cambodia-set biographical drama First They Killed My Father (2017), which premiered on Netflix back in September of last year. This shot was snapped by Jolie’s son, Pax Jolie-Pitt.
An Arriflex 35 BL4 sits perched behind Natalie Portman (making her film debut) on the set of Luc Besson’s The Professional (1994).
As a little added bonus, here’s Gary Oldman discussing one of his many unhinged line readings from the movie, via a Playboy interview:
“What’s funny is that the line (where I scream “Everyone!”) was a joke and now it’s become iconic. I just did it one take to make the director, Luc Besson, laugh. The previous takes, I’d just gone, “Bring me everyone,” in a regular voice. But then I cued the sound guy to slip off his headphones, and I shouted as loud as I could. That’s the one they kept in the movie. When people approach me on the street, that’s the line they most often say. It’s either that or something from True Romance.”