Catherine Deneuve Laughing on the set of L’Homme à Femmes (1960s)

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Catherine Deneuve on the set of L’Homme à Femmes directed by Jacques-Gerard Cornu, 1960 by John McNab via
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Catherine Deneuve on the set of L’Homme à Femmes directed by Jacques-Gerard Cornu, 1960 by John McNab via

Vintage Photos of Sue Lyon on the set of “The night of the Iguana” (1964)

The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams.

The film grossed $12 million worldwide at the box office, earning $4.5 million in US theatrical rentals. It was the 10th highest-grossing film of 1964. Time magazine’s reviewer wrote:

“Huston and company put together a picture that excites the senses, persuades the mind, and even occasionally speaks to the spirit—one of the best movies ever made from a Tennessee Williams play.”

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Sue Lyon on the set of The night of the iguana directed by John Huston, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

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Director John Huston and Sue Lyon on the set of The night of the iguana, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

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Director John Huston and Sue Lyon on the set of The night of the iguana, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

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Sue Lyon and Hampton Fancher on the set of The night of the iguana directed by John Huston, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

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Sue Lyon and Hampton Fancher on the set of The night of the iguana directed by John Huston, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

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Sue Lyon on the set of The night of the iguana directed by John Huston, 1964. Photo by Gjon Mili via

Vintage Photos of Brigitte Bardot on the Film Set of “Le Mépris” (1963)

Le Mépris or Contempt is a 1963 French-Italian drama film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon) by Alberto Moravia.

It stars Brigitte Bardot as Camille Javal, the wife of Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), a young French playwright who has found commercial success in Rome, and accepts an offer from vulgar American producer Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) to rework the script for German director Fritz Lang’s screen adaptation of The Odyssey.

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Brigitte Bardot on the set of Le Mépris directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963. Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli via

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Brigitte Bardot on the set of Le Mépris directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963. Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli via

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Brigitte Bardot on the set of Le Mépris directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963. Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli via

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Le Mépris directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963. Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli via

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Le Mépris directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963. Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli via

Audrey while making The Unforgiven. Photos by Inge Morath (1959)

The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and has the unusual casting of Audrey Hepburn.

Magnum Photos Agency photographer Inge Morath had met director John Huston while she was living in London, Morath worked on several of his films.

The Unforgiven, uncommonly for its time, spotlights the issue of racism against Native Americans and people believed to have Native American blood in the Old West.

Aside from this the film is most notable for its behind-the-scenes problems. Production was suspended for several months in 1959 after Hepburn broke her back when she fell off a horse while rehearsing a scene. Although she eventually recovered, the accident was blamed for a subsequent miscarriage Hepburn suffered.

While photographing the making of The Unforgiven, Inge Morath accompanied Huston and his friends duck hunting on a mountain lake outside Durango. Photographing the excursion, Morath saw through her telephoto lens that actor Audie Murphy and his companion had capsized their boat 350 feet from shore. She could see that Murphy, stunned, was nearly drowning. A skilled swimmer, Morath stripped to her underwear and hauled the two men ashore by her bra strap while the hunt continued uninterrupted

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Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1959. Photograph by Inge Morath via

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Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1959. Photograph by Inge Morath via

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Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1959. Photograph by Inge Morath via

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Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1959. Photograph by Inge Morath via

Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock on the set of The Birds (1963)

1963 horror thriller “The Birds” features the screen debut of Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock told a reporter, after a few weeks of filming, that she was remarkable, and said:

“She’s already reaching the lows and highs of terror”.

The film is loosely based on the 1952 story by Daphne du Maurier. It is set primarily in Bodega Bay, California which is, suddenly and for unexplained reasons, the subject of a series of widespread and violent bird attacks over the course of a few days.

The film was written by author and screenwriter Evan Hunter. Hitchcock told him to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot, keeping du Maurier’s title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren filming The Birds. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive via

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Tippi Hedren with Hitchcock filming The Birds via

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Tippi Hedren talks to director Alfred Hitchcock while sitting on his chair on the set of The Birds via