The award-winning screenplay writer for Coco Chanel & Igor Stavinsky imagines the secret love affair between the beautiful Casablanca star and famous war photographer Robert Capa against a backdrop of post-war Paris and Hollywood. 60,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Imagines the secret love affair between the beautiful "Casablanca" star and famous war photographer Robert Capa against a backdrop of post-war Paris and Hollywood. - (Baker & Taylor)
The beautiful Casablanca star, the world's greatest war photographer, and the secret love affair that would change their lives forever . . . in Chris Greenhalgh's Seducing Ingrid Bergman
June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of post-war Paris and the parties and studios of Hollywood, they pursue an intense and increasingly reckless affair.
But the light-hearted Capa, who likes nothing more than to spend his mornings reading in the tub and his afternoons at the racetrack, is not all that he seems. And Ingrid offers the promise of salvation to a man haunted by the horrors of war, his father's suicide, and the death of a former lover for which he blames himself. Addicted to risk, Capa must wrestle his devils, including gambling and drink, and resist an impulse to go off and photograph yet another war.
Meanwhile, Ingrid, trapped in a passionless marriage and with a seven-year-old daughter to bring up, must court scandal and risk compromising her Hollywood career and saintly reputation if their love is to survive. With their happiness and identities at stake, both Capa and Ingrid are presented with terrible choices. - (McMillan Palgrave)
In the summer of 1945, wartime photographer Robert Capa is overjoyed that the European conflict has ended but knows that he will soon be out of a job. While he ponders his next move, the sights and sounds of Paris are more than enough to keep him occupied. After he strikes up an unlikely friendship with the famous Casablanca star, Ingrid Bergman, traveling around Europe to entertain the troops, Robert's career concerns don't seem quite as important, and the delicious weight of their secret trysts becomes nearly impossible to handle. Though the world will never know the true details of their affair, Greenhalghconsulted several primary sources while crafting Seducing Ingrid Bergman. This fictionalized account of a very high-profile relationship flits between Robert's and Ingrid's innermost thoughts and is written in the present tense, immersing the reader in the passionate, high-risk love affair. Greenhalgh's success as a screenwriter is on full display, particularly in his fast-paceddialogue and lyrical descriptions of postwar Paris. This heartbreaking story of two lost souls searching for a connection will be of high interest to fans of old-Hollywood glamour and wartime biographies. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.