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"Ted Allan in Spain: the movie"
possible illustration

   I don't have the cover yet...






I do have this rather posed photo from 1939:

it's on the back of This Time a Better Earth,
Ted's Spanish Civil War book.

he look like Lenin

then that's fitting in that when Ted went as a volunteer in the International Brigade to Spain,
he was a fervent communist, so yes, relatively appropriate here, this Lenin look
but its a year or two of an anachronism: here 23, not just 21...

  Arriving in Spain, Ted expected to very probably die fighting fascism... or
get to Madrid somehow and broadcast to America... stop fascism,
avert the holocaust... resist this badness, No Pasaran !!!
  while writing TAiS last spring (2014) I collected relevant pictures from the web.
This of Bethune  with blood ready to transfuse   is rather wonderful,
delivering the revolutionary blood ..



early in the story we meet Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's betrothed

I've this piece of Martha Gellhorn



it's a long story...

(perhaps I'll stick in a footnote)


In the car ride from Valencia, Sidney Franklin, "the Jewish bullfighter", and a close friend of Hemingway's, was riding in the front seat (though not in his matador outfit).

And here's Hemingway in Spain...
if it's Magnum then it's Robert Capa's...


Ted met Robert Capa and Gerda Taro


Here's the famous photo, usually attributed to Capa (though there are some who say Gerda may have taken it.)

  and I think I'm all right to show you this motif...  

Here is a Leica,                                           and a Rolliflex






Other personae/characters in TAiS include...

     Constancia de la Mora                          Arturo Barea                                 Comrade Gallo

  Gerda was spectacular. Of course Ted fell in love...   
  there's this of Gerda  

        from which I painted....


I'm going to start
a Gerda Taro page

mainly drawings and painting
for now

  oh I see it now, they are on a roof...
no I don't...
it's magic
what's going on?


oh: and this of old Ted, the Narrator


  In some draft of his notes, Ted wrote: ...  
  "In Paris I said goodbye to Delmar and Matthews and registered in a small cheap hotel. I lay in bed most of the time. I had called Ce Soir to find out where Capa lived. I wanted to see him and tell him I had tried to take good care of Gerda, that it wasn't my fault she was dead. I left a message that I had phoned. Ce Soir sent a photographer who took my picture. I wore sunglasses and two crutches and my photograph was on the front page of Ce Soir next day. I walked out of the hotel conscious that people were looking at me, and wondering why until I bought the paper. I returned to the hotel feeling ashamed and excited. I now had my evidence: I was a complete fraud. The first evidence had been my not feeling anything when Gerda died. The second had come when I thought, "Capa will not get her now". The third and conclusive item was this, my cashing in on her death. I was getting attention because of it. I despised myself, but I was still a little thrilled seeing my picture in the paper, being recognised on the streets. This thought, this reaction confirmed that I was a phoney. It made me ill. I didn't want to be a phoney, but I enjoyed the notoriety, the attention. I was still in a bit of a fog, a bit of a fugue, and I was wearing those sunglasses...
     I feel nauseous. I have just gone to the bathroom to vomit, but I didn't.

Lily told me in Paris that Gerda wasn't happy with Capa.
     I think Gerda was afraid of Capa. She went to him because she was afraid of him. I didn't know how to save her from him. Then when she died and I thought, "He won't get her now," it wasn't that I meant if I can't have her you can't have her. Perhaps I only meant that she was being saved from him by dying.
     Okay, if I was glad she died, then why did I start screaming twenty years later, screaming my insides out.
     When Robert Capa was killed in Vietnam in 1954 I thought: "Now I can tell the truth about Gerda.










In TAiS I wrote:

     NARRATOR (CONT'D V.O.): "Later, in 1954, when I heard that Capa had died, that he stepped on a landmine in Vietnam, I thought, "now I don't have to give her to Capa." I got very confused."

SLOW DISSOLVE TO: the Putney apartment, night. Older Ted on camera: "I didn't know who. Give who to Capa? I forgot Gerda for twenty years she disappeared, and then, when I met another redhead, Lucille, who moved and smelled like Gerda, it all came flooding back. Flooding back. But that's another story."

  So: Ted Allan in Spain: the movie: the text of my short novel is now available at CreateSpace  
Mark Mandel
has done some amazing "roughs"
for an illustrated edition of TAiS:tm
which you can preview at
coming soon

"You see, I know, we were gamblers, but our stakes were never small.
"Faites vous jeux! Messieurs, faites vous jeux!" cry the Olympians.
And the last line: - "Rien ne va plus"."

Francis Penney-Bethune

and more iterations of Gerda this Gerda








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I had the thought of story boarding using, for example,
an image reminiscent of The Daily Planet in the opening scene...




sort of like ...


An ASSISTANT leads TED through a small newspaper news-room. (And perhaps this is in black and white to put us in a 1937 frame of reference.)

          NARRATOR (V.O.)
Originally, I thought I was going to go as the Daily Clarion's war correspondent. The Clarion was Canada's communist newspaper. January 1937. I went up to Toronto to pick up my credentials."

Ted Allan (the ideal casting would be a young Marlon Brando, with an Anglophone Montreal accent)… Ted is shown into the editor's office.

Ted Allan (the ideal casting would be a young Marlon Brando, with an Anglophone Montreal accent)… Ted is shown into the editor's office.



Mark Mandel's rough illustrations were wonderful: the cover showed Gerda (large), Capa, Bethune, and Hemingway (in small circles), and was introducing Marlon Brando as Ted Allan... in how much resolution dare I show it?







Mark's formating/page design, and his vignettes, are also superb, mais...    
but, not mine to copy, copyright




"Rien ne va plus"
OMG I just got photoshop!








coming soon

I put together a draft of TAiS with Mark's r
took them down over film rights
but things are so MM is going to do the book
that I'll put them back up
at least as dataoughs