The Seven Year Itch: Consumerism, Gender Roles, Sexuality & 1950’s America

(This essay focuses on my favorite Marilyn Monroe film, The Seven Year Itch, and discusses the ways in which the film reflected the mainstream cultural landscape of America, as well as the ways it helped shaped it.) Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, manages to capture a nation on the brink of a … Continue reading

The Good Old Days

An Exert from Andy Warhol’s “Vinyl” (1965)

 

Hitchcock Directs the MGM Lion

Photograph by Clarence Sinclair Bull,  1958.

Marianne Faithfull // Sister Morphine

The following photos of Marianne Faithfull were taken while filming La Motocyclette (Girl on a Motorcycle), 1967 E.  

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Danger: Diabolik is an Italian film that was originally released in 1968, directed by Mario Bava. Based off a popular comic book character, the film stays true to the colorful, hyper-reality world displayed in the original comic with an abundance of lavish sets and highly stylized art direction. It contains some of my favorite set-designs … Continue reading

Ayn Rand On Marilyn Monroe (August 1962)

This commentary by Ayn Rand, excerpted from The Voice of Reason, was originally published in the Los Angeles Times, two weeks after Marilyn Monroe’s death on August 5, 1962. At the time, Rand had begun writing a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, and subsequently found her writing in national syndication. Despite the consistent notoriety … Continue reading

Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago, 1949

“Before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago: City of Contrasts.” – Chicago Tribune

William Klein Fashion Photography

-Audrey Hepburn (Photography by William Klein) I was introduced to William Klein by photographer, Matt Wignall, who recently did a photo shoot for Gold Motel in Long Beach, CA. After realizing we shared common taste in the realm of fashion photography, Matt pulled out a book of Klein’s works and prepared me to have “my … Continue reading

Gene Vincent – Be Bop A Lula

(Gene Vincent’s first appearance, Town Hall Party 1958. Dig the bass players hair. Rock ‘n roll.) E.