When movie stars were movie stars

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Ingrid Bergman's pose suggests elegant decorum and shows little evidence of the furore which had recently enveloped her failed marriage to the Italian film director Roberto Rossellini. This photograph of the actress sitting in period costume was taken in 1956 on the set of Jean Renoir's Elena Et Les Hommes. It marks a rare peaceful moment at the centre of one of the era's biggest scandals.

This exemplary snapshot in time is one of many taken by 97-year-old renowned British photojournalist Thurston Hopkins, a selection of which will be exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery in London from 15 April. The show draws on pictures developed from Mr Hopkins's personal negatives, including rare images of Joan Crawford and Alfred Hitchcock.

"As a staff photographer at the legendary Picture Post magazine, Mr Hopkins had the rare opportunity to witness first hand different countries and communities," said the gallery's director Louise Garczewska. The photographer worked at Picture Post until its demise in 1957. He joined the magazine after working in the RAF's photographic unit.

Austrian actress Julia Arnall is also shown leaning against a shop window smoking a cigarette and Diana Dors is pictured scantily dressed on location.