Fascinating, Unseen Publicity and Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Classic Movies

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Leave it to Karina Longworth — host of the indispensable movie-buff podcast “You Must Remember This” and author of two of the best books in Cahiers du Cinema’s “Anatomy of an Actor” series — to cook up a whole new angle for looking at old movies. Her new book Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997 collects those direct prints that photographers used for selection and editing purposes in the pre-digital age, assembling unused and previously unseen behind-the-scenes photos and publicity shots for such iconic films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Giant, Taxi Driver, Rear Window, and Some Like It Hot. They’re the cinematic equivalent of bootleg recordings — the almost-final versions, in which you see the elements slowly drifting together — as well as a fascinating document of Hollywood’s always-delicate process of packaging and presenting its product. We were lucky enough to get a look at a few pages from the book; check them out after the jump.

Photo Credit: Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Marlon Brando in Julius Caesar

Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

James Stewart and Grace Kelly in Rear Window

Photo Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images

Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop

Photo Credit: © Sid Avery/mptvimages.com

James Dean in Giant

Photo Credit: Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Photo Credit: Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Photo Credit: Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Photo Credit: Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Photo Credit: Photo by Bill Ray/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Sergio Leone directing Once Upon a Time in the West

Photo Credit: Christine Loss

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Photo Credit: Christine Loss

Martin Scorsese directing Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997 is out now from Princeton Architectural Press.