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Twenty-five years after Grace Kelly’s tragic death, Howell Conant’s photographs of her still resonate with the “natural glamour” that changed Hollywood

It was an extraordinary friendship between photographer and subject. Over a period spanning 27 years, from the early years of her Hollywood fame to her tragic car accident in 1982, Howell Conant captured Grace Kelly as she blossomed from a movie legend into a princess and then mother and royal role model. In the process, Conant broke through the cold, goddess-style portrait style that was the vogue and created a new look in Hollywood portraits: natural glamour. Yet throughout, Conant acted not just as her official photographer but also her confidante, who had access to Grace in her most private moments. Read more >>

You can go there too, even to the Bates Motel

The Hidden Brando

Marlon Brando changed American acting and became enduringly famous astonishingly fast. Read more >>
How does one choose a list of great historical films? Is the emphasis on great or historical? And how far should one be willing to compromise with either? Read more >>

What are the 10 greatest movies ever about the Civil War?

It looks both backward to everything Hollywood had learned about Westerns and forward to things films hadn’t dared do

It is a phrase so high-concept it ought to be the title of a movie, or at least the slogan for a marketing campaign, the ultimate coming attraction. Read more >>