The United Nations Association Film Festival kicked off today at Stanford University. Robert Capa: In Love and War by Anne Makepeace takes us through the life of the celebrated photojournalist Robert Capa. His photos captured the brutal essence of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. You’ve probably seen Death of a Loyalist militiaman or American landing on Omaha Beach in your history books. The former is touted as the greatest war photograph ever taken.
As a photographer, I was very interested in learning the details of Capa’s life. War photographer, founder of Magnum (with Henri Cartier-Bresson and others). Let me tell you, this man had some major cajones in doing his job. It’s sad that he met his end stepping on a landmine in Indochina in 1954. The film did a good job of mixing his photographs with found footage of the time, along with interviews with his friends and colleagues. I was surprised to see Henri Cartier-Bresson interviewed in the documentary, as I have read that he is not fond of giving interviews.
Rae and I both enjoyed watching the films. We’ll be back on Friday for a couple more films. The festival runs from October 22-26. For more information on film listings and directions, visit the web site!
In other news, Randy is going wild with his party preparations. He recently bought some black lights, which we tested at the house today. As Randy is fond of saying, “It’s soooo on, it’s soooo on!”