Photograph by Sal Mineo, Morocco, 1972
Actor Sal Mineo is probably best known for his role alongside James Dean and Natalie Wood in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Mineo received an Oscar nomination for that role, and later won a Golden Globe award for his role in the film Exodus. Photographs by Sal Mineo are currently on exhibit at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California. According to the gallery, the photographs were taken by Mineo in Morocco in 1972. The photographs are said to have been taken in preparation for a film he planned to direct and produce with his production company Serpentine Productions. The corporate officers of Serpentine Productions included Sal Mineo, Courtney Burr III, and Eric Williams. The film they were planning to produce, The Wrong People, was based on an English novel set in Tangier, of the same name, written by Robin Maugham. These plans came to an end in 1973, when Morocco denied Mineo’s request for film permits. The gallery says that the collection of photographs is being shown for the first time with the cooperation of Courtney Burr III and Eric Williams, and in conjunction with the publication of Sal Mineo: A Biography by Michael Gregg Michaud. The exhibition continues through December 5, 2010. For more information, contact Lora Schlesinger Gallery.
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