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

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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

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

Françoise Sagan on the set of Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

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Jean Seberg, Françoise Sagan and Otto Preminger on the set of Bonjour Tristesse (Hello, Sadness), 1958 via

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Jean Seberg, Françoise Sagan and David Niven on the set of Bonjour Tristesse (Hello, Sadness), 1958 via

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Jean Seberg, Françoise Sagan and Otto Preminger on the set of Bonjour Tristesse (Hello, Sadness), 1958 via

Vintage Photos of Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Bonjour Tristesse (“Hello, Sadness”) is a 1958 British-American Technicolor film in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Otto Preminger from a screenplay by Arthur Laurents based on the novel of the same title by Françoise Sagan.

A Guardian piece in 2012 described it as:

“an example of Hollywood’s golden age, and both its star and its famously tyrannical director are ripe for rediscovery.”

The film stars Jean Seberg as Cécile, a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father, Raymond (David Niven). Anne (Deborah Kerr), a mature and cultured friend of Raymond’s late wife, arrives at Raymond’s villa for a visit.

Cécile is afraid that Anne will disrupt the undisciplined way of life that she has shared with her father, so she does her best to break up the relationship with Anne.

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Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse directed by Otto Preminger, 1958 via

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Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse directed by Otto Preminger, 1958 via

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Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse directed by Otto Preminger, 1958 via

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Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse directed by Otto Preminger, 1958 via

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Jean Seberg on the set of Bonjour Tristesse directed by Otto Preminger, 1958 via

 

Two Portraits of Romy Schneider on the Set of Sissi (1957)

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Portrait of Romy Schneider on the set of Sissi – Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin/ Face à son destin, directed by Ernest Marischka, 1957. Photo by F.C. Gundlach via

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Portrait of Romy Schneider on the set of Sissi – Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin/ Face à son destin, directed by Ernest Marischka, 1957. Photo by F.C. Gundlach 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.

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

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

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

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