Friday, 20 April 2012

Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric

A friend gave me this book recently. It's a look behind the gloss of Hollywood and shows the film industry in decline. The photographs by Barry Feinstein with accompanying poems by Bob Dylan make it a poignant look back at the rusty layers of tinseltown.

Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric

from the outside
lookin in
every finger wiggles
the doorway wears long pants
an slouches
no rejection
all's fair
in love and selection


Central Casting and Jayne Mansfield
Casting Central | Jayne Mansfield

Hal Roach Studio for demolition

if even great
almighty death
is such
 a long way down

More under the cut.

Hedda Hopper saying "Fuck her!" about Louella Parsons
Hedda Hopper saying "Fuck her!" about Louella Parsons.

Film debris

Premiere of Cleopatra

off my guard
dream's openin
catches fixed
favoured first niters
furs reserved
perfume for the face preserved
important clutterers
ultra exclusive cost included

Stage mothers
Stage mothers

age shall guide thee
for a dollar down
youth shall lead thee
to a dollar up

Hollywood photo studio (early 60s)

Judy Garland during filming

Judy Garland

there were some
 lights between us
she didn't say a word

Judy Garland on set


Kendra said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Brilliant photos! So sad to see Hollywood looking less than glitzy, but there's a certain nostalgia even in the grit and shabbiness of its decline--much of which can still be seen today!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Kendra Exactly! Couldn't have said it better myself. They're so fascinating. I love this cross-over period when the system was slowing down/changing. I'll have to scan some more photos in. There's a photo of an empty "talent" parking lot which just says so much about that period. I remember being driven past Grauman's and being shocked that it wasn't this shiny, idealistic idea of the golden age of Hollywood I had in my head. Hollywood is still beautiful though. No place like it. x

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