The cast list for Mary Ellen Mark's upcoming photo show at Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis reads like a page ripped from the Hollywood Reporter.
The collection includes photos of director Federico Fellini shooting "Satyricon" in 1969, and Francois Truffaut and Catherine Deneuve in "La Sirene du Mississippi" that same year. There's also Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers" (1980). Plus Johnny Depp in "Sleepy Hallow" (1999), and Nicole Kidman in "Australia" (2008).
The name dropping is inevitable in Mark's first solo show at Weinstein in more than a decade. The gallery persuaded the photographer to sift through 40 years of her behind-the-scenes shots taken on film sets over the decades. The photos are, for the most part, candid and casual snaps made during rehearsals or while the cameras are rolling - but taken from a different vantage and without a story line to drive a narrative. So we'll see Sean Penn in his New York dressing room and Woody Allen adrift on his Manhattan balcony (above), and even the "Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore) at home in Los Angeles.
Mark herself will be on hand for the free opening party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis. "Seen Behind the Scene/ Forty Years of Photographing on Set," runs through July 27, free. 612-822-1722 or www.weinstein-gallery.com.