Standing - Robert Mulligan, William Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carrière and Serge Silberman.
Sitting - Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock and Rouben Mamoulian.
At Cukor’s house, photo from 1972
One person in this mastershot is still alive…#Jean-Claude Carrière
(picture source: A Certain Cinema)
A story behind this wonderful picture (Jean-Claude Carrière—“I am the only one from this picture still alive”—gave his own account in the Telegraph)…
Two years after Tristana, the 72-year-old director was in Los Angeles to present his next film, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, at the L.A. Film Festival, and George Cukor, whom he had never met before, invited him to a lunch in his honor with “a few old friends” at his home in Bel Air. Until they arrived, Buñuel and Carrière had no idea that the guests would include the pantheon of Hollywood filmmaking. Carrière himself had the good sense to call up a photographer and document the gathering, which included (clockwise from top left) Robert Mulligan (Buñuel describes him as “a young director named Robert Mulligan” though he would have been 47 at the time), William Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Carrière, Buñuel’s producer Serge Silberman, Rouben Mamoulian, Alfred Hitchcock, Buñuel, George Stevens and Billy Wilder. And if that wasn’t enough, the space between Carrière and Silberman was left to represent John Ford, who had been at the lunch (Buñuel writes “we were the first to arrive at Cukor’s magnificent house, followed close behind by a large, muscular black man half-carrying an elderly gentleman with a patch over one eye. To my surprise, it was John Ford”) but didn’t stay long because of illness (he died the following year). What we wouldn’t all give to be at that lunch.