New Magnum Photos Documentary Looks at the Iconic Images Behind the Scenes of Cinema

FilmStruck's 'Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum' spotlights the photo service's remarkable on-set photography.

Photography is an essential element of cinema. Some cineastes are as passionate about the still frames capturing beloved movies as they are about the movies themselves. FilmStruck is highlighting some of those iconic photos in the documentary Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum, which recently screened at the Telluride Film Festival, and is now playing exclusively on the streaming service. Magnum, of course, is one of the first photographic cooperatives that was co-founded by master photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and others. From FilmStruck’s press office:

For seventy years, the photojournalists of Magnum have observed the world of cinema starting when founder Robert Capa took Magnum’s first photo of cinema – a photo of Ingrid Bergman on the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, cementing the relationship between the agency and the world of films. Using original, unseen stories and interviews including Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini, Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum tells the story of a confrontation of two seemingly opposite worlds: fiction and reality, and offers a unique look behind the scenes of cinema in the making.

FilmStruck will also stream a collection of six-minute shorts that highlight a different Magnum photographer, as well as two of the films referenced in the new documentary — John Huston’s 1961 film The Misfits, starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift, and Voyage to Italy, directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring his former partner Ingrid Bergman.

Enjoy a preview of Magnum’s photos, including classic images of Marilyn Monroe (practicing her lines) and James Dean (walking through old Times Square) in our gallery. Watch an exclusive clip of the new documentary, below.