They certainly are wonderful photos, and their unique qualities keep up until near the end.
Some us could probably make more comments than others would sit for, and so, I'll just remark"
1) Undoubtedly, that is Joan Fontaine (who evidently had overcome her distaste for Welles, and who recently celebrated a 90th birthdday) and Joseph Cotton. They are, after all, both included in the official cast list of OTHELLO.
2) The glossy color photo of Welles and Tim Holt strikes me as something done by a studio photographer of the time, but I would say that the "tinted" portrait of Welles and Miss Fontaine is more likely the kind of gravure work which appeared on the cover of Sunday paper magazine inserts like the American Weekly during the period when JANE EYRE was filmed.
3) I would strongly suggest that Alan Brody is correct, and that the picture of Welles and the young lady in the peculiar cellophane booth does come from his ballet, "The Lady in the Ice," which he staged with choreography by Roland Petit. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that the lady here might be Eartha Kitt, whom Welles discovered in Katherine Dunham's modern dance troupe, then in Paris, and hired for his roadshow evening of theater, Time Runs. She had made her film debut in CASBAH (1948), a vehicle Welles had shown interest in since the 1930's. He cast her as Helen of Troy in his production of Faustus, but he might also have tried her out at melting ice bergs.
4) I should think that the picture of Welles with Joan Plowright comes from his production of Moby Dick Rehearsed, wherein (under a player-manager -- Welles) she played a Victorian actress who takes on under duress the part of Pip, the black cabin boy.
5) A lot of these photos, especially the earlier ones in the collection, appear to have been drawn from newspapers, British newspapers in particular, which were hugely interested in Welles during the 1940's and 1950's because his enthusiasm and zeal made for good copy, and because he had such rapport with things British. I also like the one where he is talking with Sinatra and Ava Gardner because he seems so relaxed and joyful, qualities rare to be captured in him.
6) Finally, I hope that the photos are more accurate than than the captions because one of the latter has him with "Collette Marchard" in 1952, when it is undoubtedly Collette Marchand, who was appearing for John Huston, his old buddy, in the film, MOULIN ROUGE. (Welles also tried put her on ice in the London production "The Lady in the Ice.")
7) BTW, in the same vein, the labyrinthian photo of an apparently disfigured Montgomery Clift cannot be post injury, from as late as RAINTREE COUNTY (1957), which is a Civil War epic. Nor can it be so early as from THE SEARCH (1948), nor so late as from THE YOUNG LIONS (1958), in both of which he appeared as a U.S. Army private. He must be playing "Sergeant 1st Class Danny McCullough" in George Seaton's Cold War propaganda film, THE BIG LIFT (1950). If so, the lady with him is probably not Cornelia Bursch but the German, Actress Cornell Borchers, who had several stage names, but no "Bursch" so far as I can tell. "The disfigurement" must be just a badly photographed dimple.
Anyway, this collection is a treasure trove.
Many thanks to Harvey Chartrand.
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