On set with the Hollywood greats: Rare film stills of Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and Sophia Loren offer glimpse of iconic stars at work and in character
07:13 GMT, 5 June 2012
A new collection of rare and exceptional stills photographs dating back to the Golden Age of cinema has been released providing an intimate glimpse at Hollywood stars at work on the sets of their films.
Hollywood Movie Stills by Joel Waldo Finler features timeless images of the silver screen's most celebrated faces including Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn and Rita Hayworth among others.
Joel W. Finler was Time Out's very first film critic and is known for his award winning books on the industry and his incomparable collection of photographs from the 1920s and 1930s onwards.
Behind the lense: Rita Hayworth and director, co-star and husband Orson Welles in a still from The Lady From Shanghai, just one of the images in a new book Hollywood Movie Stills by Joel W. Finler (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
Sex sells: A young and provocative Sophia Loren poses and shows off her curves for an unidentified photographer in 1955 (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
Hollywood Movie Stills takes the reader back to the silent era of cinema, tracing the origins of still photography from the rise of the phenomenon of Hollywood royalty to the growth and decline of the giant studios.
In one particularly poignant picture, photographers shoot the now famous MGM lion roaring to signal the end of the silent era of film, a brand motif that is still used by the studio today.
Fan mail: A bare-faced Joan Crawford sunbathes in her garden while signing photographs and replying to fan mail, a task she took very seriously (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
Like this: The director of Roman Holiday shows Audrey Hepburn and her co-star how he imagined the scene playing out while on set in Italy in 1952 (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
Silence is golden: Greta Garbo being photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull on the set of The Kiss, her last silent film in 1929 (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
The hundreds of images come from the authors own private collection from years of work within the industry and give insight into the work rather than the life of personalities like Faye Dunaway, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich.
The pictures show the actors in character and on set, precious moments of discussion between the players and their directors and behind-the-scenes snapshots.
One image shows a handsome and very serious Marlon Brando taking a break from filming A Streetcar Named Desire with Elia Kazan, a director famous for working closely with young actors.
Focussed: A young Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire talking to director Elia Kazan (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
Direction: Elia Kazan, famous for how closely he worked with his actors, talks through a scene of The Arrangement with Faye Dunaway and Kirk Douglas and a fake baby (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
In another, Kazan rehearses with screen siren Faye Dunaway and Kirk Douglas for a scene in The Arrangement.
But the book is as much about the photographers of the iconic pictures as the stars themselves and about the famous directors alongside whom they worked.
Greta Garbo's favourite photographer for example was Clarence Sinclair Bull who knew her dislike of having cameras too close and so used a long lense to get the close-ups they needed.
To compliment the action shots, Finler also includes the original poster art from movies as well as collages and trick shots.
Grrrrr: Brave photographers shoot the famous MGM lion whose roar marked the end of the silent era of cinema (All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.)
And, because the private lives of such high profile celebrities is too fascinating to ignore, there are also a few pictures of the stars within a more personal context as well as at glamourous Hollywood events.
In a candid moment sunbathing in her garden Joan Crawford takes a time-out to write back to fans and autograph her photos.
'I never used a stamp… [though] I know many stars who did…' she has been quoted as saying.