Flavorwire has a lovely little slideshow up of behind-the-scenes photos from some landmark movies. Some of the photos are absolute delights, like the one from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and another of Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren on the set of “The Birds” with evil pigeons fluttering around them. This one from “Metropolis”, however, is my favourite.
It’s so delightfully incongruous and matter-of-fact at the same time. Love it.
Also came across some fabulous gossip about the Indian contingent at Cannes Film Festival this year. There’s of course the superbly embarrassing story of the Reliance executive who first broke a glass on a waiter’s head and then peed against the bar. It’s been written about more than once so it’s not really gossip any more. I’m not sure whether the fact that all this happened at a party thrown by the Indian government is a good thing or a bad thing. On the plus side, at least this Reliance executive didn’t go around making an exhibition of himself at someone else’s party.
A friend spent the months before Cannes organising a number of the Bollywood appearances on the red carpet. By the time the festival was over, she was ready to throw herself overboard. But never mind the tales of ego and narcissism (these are actors; of course they’re going to be egoistical and narcissistic). Here’s the best part of the whole Bollywood in Cannes angle: apparently, the Bollywood actors who strike a pose on the red carpet are there to do nothing more than get photographed. They get on the red carpet, beam mightily, enter the theatre and then basically head for a side exit because they don’t have the passes that would actually let them into the screening. Not just that, the few actors who do have passes generally request that they be smuggled out of the screening because really, they’ve got better things to do than watch movies at Cannes.