Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

Hollywood Icons features over 200 photographs focusing on the great faces that drew moviegoers around the world into movie theatres by the tens of millions. Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson and other luminaries of early silent film are depicted in splendid photographs revealing the potency of their allure that is obvious even today. Later silent stars such as Garbo and Crawford, who rose to even greater cinematic heights when the movies began to speak, are featured in series of images showing how those two star faces were magically transformed into thrilling exemplars of 1930s glamour.
Better known are the great players from the 1930s whose names today form the bedrock of Hollywood history. All-American men such as Gary Cooper and Clark Gable shared the screen with sirens such as Marlene Dietrich and Hedy Lamarr, two among many who began acting in Europe and found lasting fame in southern California. They were soon joined by Vivien Leigh and Charles Boyer. Legends such as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall ware prominent among the stars, along with Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
This is an international travelling exhibition featuring masterworks of photography taken by the major Hollywood portrait photographers during the golden age of motion pictures production by the Hollywood Movie Studios from 1925-1960. The exhibition started at the Villa Manin, Italy in 2016 and will be on tour for several years in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
The exhibition will be on view until September 17, 2017

Lupe Velez by George Hurrell, 1931. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer © John Kobal Foundation
Paul Newman by Bert Six, 1954. Warner Bros © John Kobal Foundation
Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn for Gilda, 1946. Columbia Pictures © John Kobal Foundation
Director Alfred Hitchcock by Ernest Bachrach for Notorious, 1946. RKO © John Kobal Foundation
Marlene Dietrich by Eugene Robert Richee for Morocco, 1930. Paramount Pictures © John Kobal Foundation
Fred Astaire, attributed to John Miehle for Top Hat, 1935. RKO © John Kobal Foundation
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