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May 2009

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Framing Hollywood

In the window of Florenz Fine Framing, 5728 Melrose Avenue, something very rare

French poster for "An American in Paris" - Florenz Fine Framing, 5728 Melrose Avenue

This is about a hundred yards west of the old RKO studios with its giant concrete globe where they filmed all the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, like "Flying Down to Rio."  But "An American in Paris" was filmed at MGM, down in Culver City not on location in Paris.  And the two male stars, Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant, were born and raised in Pittsburgh, of all places. Out here they lived next door to each other on Roxbury, over in Beverly Hills, and in the early fifties they'd drive down to Culver City each day and pretend it was Paris. It worked. Make-believe became real and the film was a hit in France too.

But it doesn't matter. Take a red.

Be Calm - in the window at Florenz Fine Framing, 5728 Melrose Avenue

It is, after all, all in the framing

Banner at Florenz Fine Framing, 5728 Melrose Avenue

And there's context. Florenz Fine Framing is next door to a defunct seafood place

Framed Red Fish - Melrose Avenue
Neon Lobster - Melrose Avenue

And across the street, this

Film/Shoot - 5657 Melrose Avenue
Film/Shoot - 5657 Melrose Avenue - image digitally equalized
Film/Shoot - 5657 Melrose Avenue - negative image
Film/Shoot - 5657 Melrose Avenue - Photoshop "Emboss" filter
5657 Melrose Avenue

And above it all, eyes

Getty Museum banner, Melrose Avenue
Getty Museum banner, Melrose Avenue

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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