name='julian_craster']All fun and games til someone shouts 'action'
A new exhibition of candid photos from Pinewood studios proves that acting is just mucking about for adults - whatever the stars may want us to believe
Tuesday August 26 2008
A collection of star-studded on-set photos from Pinewood proves that film-making is all fun and games | Film | guardian.co.uk
Capturing Film History in the Making recently transferred from London's Getty Images Gallery to the exhibition space of the Walter Reade cinema at New York's Lincoln Center apt enough for a show that celebrates transatlantic collaboration. A collection of photographs taken at Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington, mostly in the 40s, 50s and 60s, it's a rum and variable grouping of the glamorous, the ordinary and the absurd and occasionally all three at once, as in one amusing shot from the set of Cleopatra.
Joseph Mankiewicz looks through his viewfinder at Richard Burton, whose ornate breastplate is somewhat undercut by the civilian trousers and shoes he wears underneath it, and the fag dangling from his lips. Elizabeth Taylor, meanwhile, sits next to him in fishnets and a white fur hat, apparently swilling wine and having a gay old time. None of the footage shot at Pinewood made it into the final cut of the movie.