|Commander K. and Hitch, Hoxton, UK|
Statue by Antony Donaldson
One of my great heroes, Robert Capa (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/robert-capa.html), inspired one of my favorite movies, Rear Window (www.amzn.com/B008DCAG9M). This film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-lady-vanishes.html) and starred Jimmy Stewart -- two other heroes of mine.
|June 6, 1944, Omaha Beach, Robert Capa|
On the day that Paris was liberated, August 25, 1944, Capa rode into the capital city "on a tank made by the Americans who had accepted me, riding with the Spanish Republicans with whom I fought against fascism long years ago, I was returning to Paris-- the beautiful city where I first lean red to eat, drink and love." (Source: Slightly Out of Focus, Robert Capa 1947, www.amzn.com/0375753966)
|Ingrid Bergman 1915 - 1982|
Capa was totally committed to his trade as a photographer which meant that he had to be ready to travel on a moment's notice to war zones and other locations. He could not commit himself to a traditional marriage with Bergman who also could not accompany him into dangerous war zones.
On the set of Notorious (1946) Bergman turned to Hitchcock as her father confessor, telling of her frustrations with Capa between takes.
|Alfred Hitchcock Blue plaque|
153 Cromwell Road, London
Photo courtesy: Tim Lyons
|Hitchcock statue, Hoxton|
Rear Window was released in 1954, the same year that Robert Capa stepped on a landmine and was killed in Vietnam.
Source: Richard Whelan's Introduction to Robert Capa's 1947 memoir Slightly Out of Focus www.amzn.com/0375753966.