Monday, June 18, 2012

A paramount picture from Paramount Pictures

Posted By on 06.18.12 at 12:36 PM

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  • Art Streiber / courtesy of Paramount Pictures
I try not to plump for empty corporate happenings, but this one is kind of cool. As part of a centennial celebration, Paramount Pictures just released a posed shot of 116 artists associated with the studio over the years: they range from current Hollywood royalty (Brad Bird, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, Julianne Moore, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, etc) to semi-forgotten old-timers (Ryan O'Neal, Mickey Rooney, Eva Marie Saint) to young pups (Justin Bieber, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf). There are jaw-dropping photos like this from the golden years of the studio system, and one can easily imagine this one seeming as historic a few decades from now.

The day may have passed when Hollywood studios had distinct personalities (Paramount was once the king of comedy, with stars like the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Mae West, and W.C. Fields). But it's still interesting to note how many of the photo subjects made career-changing or otherwise significant movies at Paramount: Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon), James Caan (The Godfather), Bud Cort (Harold and Maude), Robert De Niro (Bang the Drum Slowly), Bruce Dern (The Great Gatsby), Kirk Douglas (Seven Days in May), Dustin Hoffman (Marathon Man), Shirley MacLaine (The Trouble With Harry), Ali MacGraw (Love Story), Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

As far as the studio's creative fortunes are concerned, the most important men in the shot are probably the legendary producer Robert Evans, who made some of the studio's most prestigious movies (The Godfather, The Conversation, Chinatown) and Jerry Lewis, the last great exemplar of the studio's comedic tradition. Following below are a high-resolution file of the photo (you can probably make a good start on Moby-Dick while it's loading) as well as a numerical key to the subjects.

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  • Art Streiber / courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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