Image Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty ImagThe news that Edith Shain, the woman believed to be nurse in the famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, has died is a bit of a stretch to blog here, I admit. But her passing has brought to attention what I consider a glaring Hollywood oversight. The identities of the people in the photo have been the subject of debate for decades, and while I’m not a historian prepared to make a case for any particular claim that’s been made over the years, as a moviegoer I wonder: How come Hollywood has never given us its take on this story (and I’m talking about more than just a shout-out in Watchmen)?
Part of me believes that some things are better left to the imagination. The whimsical story we each make up in our own minds and the emotion the photo evokes is certainly enough to make our hearts flutter — my own completely fictional version of the story has the kiss being the first meeting in a great epic romance. And it would be a crime to taint such an iconic photograph’s impact with a movie in the spirit of Pearl Harbor (which I secretly adore but hate that I do). But if the movie was produced with the same tone of mystery and uncertainty that surrounds the image’s history and honored the photo as a celebration of peace, it might not be the worst idea.
In my head, it’d have to star Rachel McAdams because I think she’s classy and has proven she can pull off portraying the era. But the guy would have to be a ruggedly handsome unknown. Of course, this could all be my Wednesday Crazies talking. Interesting to think about, though. Would anyone watch this movie with me, PopWatchers?