Robert Capa, the Man Who Believed His Own Legend

French director Patrick Jeudy attempts to demythologize legendary war photographer Robert Capa (1913-'54) in this 2004 portrait originally made for television. Jeudy, whose previous documentaries took a psychoanalytic approach to Jackie and Bobby Kennedy, maintains that Capa's life was a series of lies designed to mask something—though just what is never fully explained. Instead the entire basis for Jeudy's speculations seems to be his claim that Capa faked his famous photograph of a Spanish Republican militiaman being shot, an allegation thoroughly discredited by the most recent research. Even more pathetic, next to none of Capa's major works appear in the film: the photographer's estate refused Jeudy permission to use them. Given the outrageous amount of innuendo he serves up here, I can't say I blame them. In English and subtitled French. 52 min.

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