USA (MIFF 2003 , Documentaries)
Director: Anne Makepeace

The remarkable life of one of the 20th century's most influential war photographers, Robert Capa, is explored with insight and depth in this expertly crafted film. Interweaving Capa's stunning still photos, archival footage and interviews with acquaintances and those influenced by his ground-breaking work, director Anne Makepeace has vividly brought to life a fascinating man.

During the 30s in Paris, Hungarian-born Andre Friendman reinvented himself as Robert Capa, and turned to photography to make some quick money. He quickly establishing himself as a risk-taker in work (during the Spanish Civil War he routinely diced wrth death to take the perfect photo) and life (he gambled heavily to finance his Magnum photo agency). Over the next 30 years Capa reinforced his status as the pre­eminent war photographer whose desire to tell stories through pictures was only one side of his beguiling personality. His dalliances and connections with Hollywood, both direct and indirect, are unearthed, from his one attempt at acting, in an all-but-forgotten B-movie, to his intense affair with Ingrid Bergman during the filming of Hitchcock's Notorious.

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