Until the 25th September 2011, the Italian National Cinema Museum in Turin presents the exhibition MAGNUM ON SET: Film as Seen by Great Photographers. Here, 146 photographs take the visitor on a voyage that explores the history of the special relationship that the photographers from the greatest agency in the world had with film; a relationship which began at the end of the Second World War.
Founded in 1947 by Robert Capa assisted by Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour and George Rodger, fresh from their work as war reporters, Magnum is still one of the most prestigious photographic agencies in the world.
In over 60 years of activity, the agency paid special attention to the world of film and its stars. Capa’s friendship with Ingrid Bergman, Billy Wilder, Gene Kelly, Joseph Mankiewicz and, above all, John Huston, opened the door to the fascinating world of Hollywood.
Following Capa’s footsteps, his colleagues at Magnum settled in Los Angeles, managing to carry out exclusive reports from the sets of many classic films. These were then sold for significant sums to American publications such as Life Magazine.
The photographs, taken as photojournalistic reports, recorded the production of each film. The exhibition reveals the sets of masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause, Orson Welles’s The Trial, Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes and Volker Schlöndorff’s Death of a Salesman.
Located in the National Cinema Museum’s Aula del Tempio, the exhibition is enhanced by a video installation that projects seven short films on a loop.
A catalogue published by Silvana Editrice, with an introduction by Alberto Barbera and a critique by Paolo Mereghetti and Stefano Boni, accompanies the exhibition. Also, until the 10th July 2011, Cinema Massimo will be presenting a festival featuring the films covered in this exhibition.
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