"Most of Hollywood history has survived because someone dug it out of the trash," photographer Bruce McBroom says in the new book Hollywood Frame by Frame. And it's those unearthed, pulled-from-the-trash items that seem to hold the most intrigue.
For years, studios relied on elaborate, staged portraits of their movie stars for publicity photographs, but, beginning in the 1950s, they started shooting more candid, behind-the-scenes photos that they would sell to outlets. The photos were quickly printed up as contact sheets, allowing movie houses and celebrities to choose which pictures they wanted released.
Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997, by author and film historian Karina Longworth, takes a look at both the seemingly throwaway moments and the chosen images. "Given the great artificiality of moviemaking," Longworth writes, "it's all the more remarkable to see the moments of spontaneity or misstep that are often visible in the outtakes, right alongside images deemed supportive of the facade, and thus commercially useful."
She continues: "Contact sheets show aspects of moviemaking that someone—a star, a producer, a publicity department, a photographer, a photo editor—didn't want us to see."
The book includes outtakes and selected stills from some of Hollywood's most famous films, including Raging Bull, Rear Window, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Here, a few examples:
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Paramount/The Kobal Collection/Howell Conant)
Giant (Sid Avery/mptvimages.com)
Julius Caesar (Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Raging Bull (Christine Loss)
Rear Window (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)