Came across this Italian poster from the great Enzo Sciotti for “Samuel” Raimi’s original Evil Dead over at Westgate Gallery. As of this posting, it can be yours for the reasonable price tag of $75.
(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.
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).
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.
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).