Marlon Brando (1950). This portrait of a smouldering Marlon Brando by the photographer John Engstead was taken just before the young actor first enjoyed critical acclaim (and popular adulation) for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan’s screen adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire (writes Peter Whittle). It features in Glamour of the Gods, a small but elegant exhibition of Hollywood photography at London’s National Portrait Gallery (continuing until October 23). The photographs, which all come from the collection of the late great film historian John Kobal, range from the silent era to the end of the studio system in the early ’60s. As Norma Desmond said in Sunset Boulevard, they had faces then.