There are plenty of iconic photos to come out of film production and promotion. Most of these photos are staged, with the actors playing a character. Plus, they don”t show the hard work of the director and crew, who are responsible for creating those iconic shots in the first place.
Luckily for us, there is photo documentation of the other side of the film. These are charming to look at not only because you can see a film taking shape, but also because they show the actors taking a break from playing their characters. These photos capture the making-of process from films throughout the years.
Thelma & Louise, Ridley Scott, 1991
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan, 2014
Taking Lives, D.J. Caruso, 2004
The Aviator, Martin Scorsese, 2004
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, 2008
Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch, 1995
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, 2014
Munich, Steven Spielberg, 2005
Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965
Atame!, Pedro Almodovar, 1989
Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergman, 1982
The Bourne Identity, Doug Liman, 2002
Nosferatu the Vampyre, Werner Herzog, 1979
Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997
Fahrenheit 451, Francois Truffaut, 1966
Les Demoiselles des Rochefort, Jacques Demy, 1967
Scarface, Brian De Palma, 1983
Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog, 1982
The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont, 1994
These photos provide a window into the world the very real world behind the film, and give us a little peek as to how those movie worlds are created. They”re the closest thing to being on the set without actually having to show up for a shoot.
Via D. Kuzmina