One of Hitchcock’s most famous shots is the moment we see a slowly swooping camera glide its focus from the top of a ballroom, to an extreme close-up on a cellar key hidden in Ingrid Bergman’s hand in Notorious. It’s just one of many outstanding shows of bravura that the auteur is known for. The set must have been a tense place for Bergman, who was in the midst of a strained affair with Hungarian photojournalist Robert Capa. She wanted to marry, but Capa hated the Hollywood life. Before their relationship dissipated, he did shoot some stunning photos of the star on the set of Notorious with Hitch — who was quickly becoming infatuated with the actress, as he tended to do with all his leading ladies. Past the break, enjoy some great black-and-white photographs of the legendary director setting up that unforgettable movie moment.
Image credit: Robert Capa [Spotted via Old Hollywood]