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Exhibition » Izložba | 59 Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich are just some of the stars of the new Cervantes Institute exhibition “MAD about Hollywood”. Theexhibitioncomprisesphotos from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as magazines and audiovisual materials featuring Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich and other stars, thanks to which we have the impression of walking through the streets of Madrid. The exhibition introduces us toMadrid’s Hollywoodheritage, but alsohighlights Spain’s contribution to the universe of art,withplaces like thePradoMuseum, Paseo de la Castellano street, ManzanaresPalaceor theLaPedriza mountain range having gained roles in these mega productions. “The photographs, themajority ofwhichhaven’t beenpublishedpreviously, arespontaneous,natural and everyday, created on the boundary between photojournalism and decent paparazzi photography,” says exhibition curator EsperanzaGarcía Claver. During the 1950s, following the relocating of film sets outside Hollywood, mega productions arrived inMadrid and the city became the seat of international projects like Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago and Anthony Mann’s El Cid. Famousmoviestars couldbeencountered inMadrid: GraceKelly attending Mass at the Jerome Royal Church, AudreyHepburn shopping in the Salamanca district, Charlton HestonvisitingManzanaresPalace... Still, when it comes to the stars of that erawhoresided inMadrid,mentioningAvaGardner, who foundher second home in Spain, is unavoidable. She spent more than a decade in the Spanish capital, working and having fun like fewof herHollywood colleagues. Journalistsandreporters encountered her in themust varied of situations, as she bravely leapt into the shoes of amatador, learned to danceflamencoand fell passionately in love with bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. And while many Madrid residents were happy to have a Hollywood star as their neighbour, she even had the good fortune of meeting her favourite actress, Bette Davis, right there inMadrid. Shewrote about thatmeeting inhermemoirs: “I’ll never forget seeing Bette Davis at the Hilton in Madrid. I went up toher and said, “MissDavis, I’mAva Gardner andI’magreat fanof yours.” And do you know, she behaved exactly as I wanted her to behave. “Of course you are, my dear,” she said. “Of course you are.” And she swept on. Now that’s a star.” Interestingly, itwas in1958that Bette Davis shot the filmJohn Paul Jones in Madrid. The Spanish authorities permitted the teamtofilm certain scenes at the Royal Palace in Madrid, andBette had the opportunity to film some scenes while sitting on the royal throne, whichpeoplewho aren’tmembers of the royal family generally aren’t allowed todo. For the purposes of shooting the film Circus World (1964), a Big Topwas erected inMadrid’s El Retiro Park, which was accompanied by giant circus constructions. But even that wasn’t enough for thismegalomaniacal production, with permission also being sought to drain the large lake at the heart of the park in order to place decor for the film theretoo.RitaHayworth,whoplayed one of the lead roles alongside Claudia Cardinale and John Wayne, later spoke of how the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination reached themon the set. And while she and Cardinalewere in tears upon receiving the news, Wayne and the film’s director, Henry Hathaway, seemed not to have been saddened in the slightest by the death of the American president. StanleyKubrick’s Spartacuswas filmedpartly inHollywoodandpartly in Spain, at the request of the director himself. At the time, Kubrick had as many as 8,000 members of the Spanish military at his disposal, who played extras in scenes that were quite demanding. Due to the censoring of Boris Pasternak and the ban on publishing his works, there was never any mention of the film adaptation of Doctor Zhivago (1965) being shot in Russia. And so the film, with its stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, was shot in Spain. The producers had hoped that a snow-covered Madridwould succeed in representing Moscow, but thewinter of 1965 was the warmest of the previous 50 years. These are just a few fragments fromthestoriesof thefilmsandstars whose glorious past this unique exhibition brings us. If you are in Belgrade, stop by at the Cervantes Institute... MAD ABOU T HOL LYWOOD Madrid remembers filmstars This photography exhibition reveals the traces left in Madrid during the middle of the last century by the stars of Hollywood’s golden age, while they were living and working in the Spanish capital The exhibition is part of the ancillary programme of the 13th “SpanishMeters” festival of contemporary filmandwill remain open at the Yugoslav FilmArchives Cinematheque until the end of June, then at the Cervantes Institute until 16th August

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