HATAMI

1928-2017

Classic Films of the 1960s

Vintage Photographs

curated by James Cavello

New York, NY – WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC is pleased to present an exhibition of vintage photographs of legendary 1960s film sets by photographer Hatami (1928-2011), curated by James Cavello. Photographs on view include behind-the-scenes images from Rosemary’s Baby, 1968 (director Roman Polanski), Bullitt, 1968 (director Peter Yates), A Countess from Hong Kong, 1967 (director Charlie Chaplin), and Doctor Zhivago, 1965 (director David Lean).

 

Hatami (1928-2017) – known primarily by his last name – started his sixty-year career as a writer in the 1950s for a newspaper in Tehran. Due to short staffing, the Editor required he also use his journalistic skills to photograph unfolding political events. Hatami’s keen eye and assertive nature allowed him to capture decades of historic photos of political, cultural and social events spanning from the Middle East to Europe and Hollywood to New York City. His early photojournalism included covering Israel as a new state, the coronation of King Hussein of Jordan in 1952, President Nassar and the Egyptian Revolution, the Suez crisis in 1956 and later the exile of the Shah of Iran.

 

In the 60s, far removed from political coverage, Hatami was invited on movie sets to document films and photograph the actors and the directors in their creative process. His interest in the entertainment world led him to capture a variety of subjects such as The Beatles at the beginning of their career, Johnny Hallyday, Woody Allen, Françoise Sagan, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Marlene Dietrich, Gina Lollobrigida, Romy Schneider, Jean-Luc Godard and many others. Hatami was also a personal friend of Mlle Coco Chanel, whom he photographed extensively in her private apartment, while she entertained or created fashion, between 1962 and 1969. In 1979, Hatami documented the Iranian revolution from the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini to the hostage crisis – a curated selection was exhibited at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, on the 25th anniversary of the event.

 

In addition to his photographic contribution for hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, his work graced the covers of LIFE magazine, LOOK, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Jours de France, Vogue and fourteen covers of ELLE. Hatami’s photographic work is recognized worldwide for its true commitment to photojournalism and is registered with the Library of Congress.

ABOUT THE FILMS

 

In the late 60s, Roman Polanski directed and wrote the 1968 Rosemary’s Baby. The film dramatized psychological terror and supernatural horror through the chilling story of Rosemary (Mia Farrow), her husband (John Cassavetes), and the occult. Filmed in The Dakota Building, it instantly became a classic of its genre. The film was nominated for best screenplay and Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

 

The romantic epic, Doctor Zhivago, based on the Boris Pasternak novel that shifted the perception of Soviet Russia in the West, was turned into a major production in 1965. Hatami photographed the director David Lean and the film’s theme of the love between Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) and Lara Antipova (Julie Christie) amidst World War I, the Soviet Revolution and the pursuant Russian Civil War. Photographs on view include Omar Sharif and Geraldine Chaplin warming up from their scenes in the harsh Finnish tundra and David Lean rehearsing in the snow. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five.

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Mia Farrow and Maurice Evans taking a break, walking in lower Manhattan, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary’s Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 10.75 x 7. inches

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Roman Polanski directing Mia Farrow on Madison Avenue, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 11 x 7 inches

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Roman Polanski visualizing a shot, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8 .2 x 11 inches

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William A. Fraker (director of photography), Roman Polanski and Mia Farrow, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 10.5 inches

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William A. Fraker (director of photography) and Roman Polanski, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 10.4 inches

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Mia Farrow, Roman Polanski and Hanna Landy, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 11 inches

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Mia Farrow and Roman Polanski setting a scene in front of Tiffany, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary’s Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.2 x 10.75 inches

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Mia Farrow in the Strand book store scene, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 196 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 10.75 inches

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Mia Farrow near Central Park, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, inscribed 11 x 7 inches

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Mia Farrow practicing a tense scene, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8 x 10 inches

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Mia Farrow, Roman Polanski and Joan Crawford, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 10.8 inches

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Roman Polanski and Mia Farrow in front of The Dakota Building, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 14.5 x 9.25 inches

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Roman Polanski reviewing the script with Mia Farrow and William A. Fraker (director of photography) in the background, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.2 x 11 inches

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Roman Polanski, Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and crew in front of The Dakota building, New York City, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.75 x 7.5 inches

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Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski gesturing audio instructions to the crew, New York City photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 7.75 x 10.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Roman Polanski taking a break between takes, on the set of “Rosemary's Baby” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 10.5 x 8 inches

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Dr Z
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Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Tonya, preparing for a scene set up pre-Russian Revolution, on the set of Doctor Zhivago photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 11.5 x 7.5 inches

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Geraldine Chaplin practicing a scene during which she received a letter from Yuri Zhivago photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 11.5 x 8 inches

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Winter scene filmed in Finland photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 11.5 x 7.5 inches

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Geraldine Chaplin in a scene depicting the Soviet Union, on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 11.5 inches

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Photographed by Hatami Geraldine Chaplin and Ralph Richardson practicing a scene, on the set of Dr. Zhivago Photograph 1965. Vintage gelatin silver print. 9 x 6 inches Signed verso. “Docteur Jivago” written in pencil Cinema stamp. Elle stamp.

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Omar Sharif in a winter scene in the Ural Mountains, on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 6 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Geraldine Chaplin and director David Lean reviewing the script, on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8 x 11.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Geraldine Chaplin as Tonya on the set of Doctor Zhivago (soviet propaganda images in the background) photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.5 x 11 inches

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Lara (Julie Christie) and Yuri (Omar Sharif), on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 11.5 inches

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Geraldine Chaplin preparing for a scene in the harsh tundra, in Russia, on the set of ““Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 6 inches

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Julie Christie and Omar Sharif in a scene where Lara must depart, on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, inscribed 9.5 x 7.5 inches

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Geraldine Chaplin and Omar Sharif in a scene where they are leaving Moscow for Varykino, on the set of “Doctor Zhivago” photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 11.5 inches

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Omar Sharif and Geraldine Chaplin taking a break on the set in Finland, where parts of “Doctor Zhivago” were filmed photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed 8.5 x 11.5 inches

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Director David Lean preparing a scene on the set of “Doctor Zhivago.” In the background is Geraldine Chaplin. photograph 1965 vintage gelatin silver print, signed 11.5 x 7.5 inches

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In 1968, Peter Yates released his San Francisco cop thriller Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jaqueline Bisset. The film won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing, especially considering the scenes from the highly charged car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Photographs on exhibit show personal moments on and off set between the film stars, who also became close personal friends.

 

During the same time, Charlie Chaplin wrote and directed his last film in the UK - the 1967 comedy A Countess from Hong Kong. Starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren and Chaplin himself, the film recounts the tale of an American diplomat who leaves Hong Kong via ship and discovers a stowaway in his stateroom. Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren can be seen in photographs tête-à-tête, as well as Chaplin conducting his own music score and rehearsing scenes with Brando.

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Steve McQueen, Peter Yates and crew discussing the next scene, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8 x 10.5 inches

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Robert Vaughn, Steve McQueen and director Peter Yates setting up a shot, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.25 x 11.5 inches

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Jacqueline Bissett talking to a group of schoolgirls, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.5 x 11.75 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Don Gordon and Steve McQueen on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 12 x 8.75 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Steve McQueen signing autographs, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9 x 12 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Director Peter Yates, Steve McQueen and crew discussing a scene, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.25 x 11.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bissett conversing at lunch, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.5 x 11.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Steve McQueen between takes with police extras, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 11 x 9 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Jacqueline Bissett during the filming of the tram scene from “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.25 x 11 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Jacqueline Bissett and director Peter Yates during a lunch break, on the set of “Bullitt” photograph 1968 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 8.25 x 11.25 inches

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Sophia Loren relaxing between takes on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren and Charlie Chapling on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando discussing a scene on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin and with his wife Oona O’Neill Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong” photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren in between takes on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin conducting the score he composed for “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren and Charlie Chaplin on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren and Charlie Chaplin on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed, stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin rehearsing a scene on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print 9.5 x 14.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren with flowers on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren with Charlie Chaplin on the set of “A Countess from Hong Kong,” Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire photograph 1966 vintage gelatin silver print 14.5 x 9.5 inches

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