Los Angeles, CA: Selznick International, 1945. Vintage oversize single weight photograph of Ingrid Bergman from Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 film noir, "Spellbound." Taken from a dream sequence design for the film by Salvador Dali, wherein Bergman turns into a statue of the Roman goddess Diana. The sequence was set up, and possibly filmed, but does not appear in the final cut of the film. Shot by still photographer Madison Lacy.
Both Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick were less than fond of Dalí's ideas, and Bergman is quoted in David Spoto's Hitchcock biography, "The Dark Side of Genius," as saying that the Dalí sequence ran for almost twenty minutes before much of it, including the Diana portion, was cut by Selznick. The cut footage no longer exists, and only a few of Lacy's production stills have survived.
This particular example, which shows the actress in a quintessentially sophisticated pose, has become quite famous over time, and has been used repeatedly in books about her--most recently on the rear cover of the 2008 Taschen book on Bergman, in its "Movie Icons" series. Lacy's other work includes still photography for Erich von Stroheim's "The Wedding March," as well as promotional work for the films of Busby Berkeley.
In a custom museum-quality frame, archivally mounted, with UV glass. 8.5 x 7 inches, silver gelatin print. Fine condition, archivally matted and in a black wooden frame.
Hardy, p. 311. Selby Canon, p. 123. Silver, p. 275. Spicer, p. 419.
NOTE: This item is currently on loan to the American Film Institute for a joint exhibition titled "Behind the Fourth Wall," and will ship on or just after June 1, 2014. [Book #105184]