Wednesday, September 25, 2013

10 Astonishing Behind-the-Scenes Polaroid Photographs

a list by Erin Emocling

Polaroid photographs are as iconic as Andy Warhol, one of the camera brand’s most influential users in pop culture history. Back when there were no phone cameras and digitized photo applications yet, Polaroid cameras were the real deal. This retro photography is a sure and instant way of immortalizing a film character’s bond between fiction and reality. Without much ado, here is a collection of rare cinematic gems that take us into various on-set shenanigans throughout the past four decades.


10. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004
Starring Bill Murray and Owen Wilson
Directed by Wes Anderson

Photo via Tumblr
Wes Anderson’s films are reminiscent of vintage photography. His color palettes are exceptional. Here is an instant photo of everyone’s favorite, Bill Murray – just chilling like he’s the boss of the sea. He sure could use that little time to unwind amidst his hunt for the “jaguar shark” that killed his partner.


9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004

Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet
Directed by Michel Gondry

Photo via Tumblr
 Clementine Kruczynski and Joel Barish may have erased each other from their memories but this instant photo of them just minding their own businesses is eternal. The truly awesome thing about this movie, though, is that it gets better and better whenever you watch it.


8. Lost in Translation, 2003
Starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
Directed by Sofia Coppola

Image via The Chive
Nothing beats this adorable shot because it features a lost in translation Bill Murray and the lovely and talented director, Sofia Coppola – in socks!


7. Ghost World, 2001
Starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson
Directed by Terry Zwigoff

Image via Fox Connect
 Thora Birch is Enid and Scarlett Johansson is Rebecca – and vice versa. These ladies absolutely personified Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel characters that they have become these ruthless babes in real life. In this collage of Polaroids, we can see how much fun they had while filming Ghost World. After all, Steve Buscemi was there to make everything dreamier!


6. Girl, Interrupted, 1999
Starring Winona Ryder and Angelia Jolie
Directed by James Mangold

Image via Tumblr
It was 1999 – almost the end of an era as we neared the new millennium – when this true-to-life film adaptation rocked our world. Thanks to Girl, Interrupted, we all came to know the bad-assery of a woman called Angelina Jolie. In this photo series, though, we can see random instant snaps of Winona Ryder, who portrayed Susanna Kaysen brilliantly.


5. Dumb & Dumber, 1994
Starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels
Directed by Peter Farrelly

Image via The Chive
The ‘90s will never be the same without the craziness of the dumb-to-Earth duo, Lloyd and Harry. This rare picture may have been taken from behind the camera, but you can still see how goofy Jeff Daniels is.


4. Benny & Joon, 1993
Starring Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterson
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Image via We Heart It
Regardless what decade it is, Johnny Depp is Johnny Depp. In this quirky romantic comedy, Sam (Depp) poses like Buster Keaton and falls in love with a deluded girl named Joon. In this charming photo, Sam makes grilled cheese using an iron and board.


3. Blade Runner, 1982
Starring Harrison Ford and Sean Young
Directed by Ridley Scott

Image via Mary Sean Young
Just looking at the ‘do of this super young Sean Young teleports us to the glamorous ‘80s, a definitive decade when disco balls, fingerless gloves, and shoulder pads are what’s fly! This instant photo, together with a bunch of others on Sean Young’s personal site, was taken by her very own Polaroid camera on the set of Blade Runner.


2. Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980

Starring Bill Murray and Peter Boyle
Directed by Art Linson

Image via Tumblr
What, another Bill Murray photo? Definitely. Here is a Polaroid collage from Where the Buffalo Roam, a 1980 semi-biographical film based on Hunter S. Thompson’s life. What makes this photo set really astonishing is seeing the fictional and the real gonzo in one photo series.


1. Taxi Driver, 1976
Starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster
Directed by Martin Scorsese
 
Image via Mubi
A ‘70s Robert De Niro (who recently just turned 70!) is always pleasing to the eyes. Here, you can see a triptych of blood-drenched Mohawk Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver’s final scenes. It’s been 37 years since this film shocked the world and until now its ending has left us guessing. At least in this photo, we can assume that the film world’s most demented cab chauffeur somehow “survived” his violent outburst.

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