Movie Review, Hemingway & Gellhorn directed by Philip Kaufman
From this movie, I would say Ernest Hemingway was not a nice person. But his books were extremely popular.
To be honest, I have never fully read one of his books, although I’ve poked at one or two.
The movie showed him as rude, often angry, drinking a lot, hanging out with what looked to be a tough crowd. It tells his story from his covering the Spanish Revolution until his death by suicide. It starts with him as an adult, already writing and a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. He was born July 21, 1989 and raised in Oak Park, IL. After high school he wrote for a few months for the Kansas City Star before becoming a war correspondent.
In this 2012, 154-minute production, according to the Netflix description,
“When literary genius Ernest Hemingway met pioneering war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the sparks flew -- and continued to fly during their fiery roller coaster marriage as they hobnobbed with the literary and Hollywood elite of their time.”
The story was so long and seemed to not gloss over any of his what I would call socially unacceptable behavior. The end shows him on July 2, 1961 sitting in a chair and holding a shotgun to his face, moments before his suicide.
Wikipedia lists 21 of his books, a fair number of which were published posthumously in 1961 or after. Two of his best known books were The Old Man and the Sea and Farewell to Arms.
According to Wikpedia, “He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.”
From Amazon.com, “The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
“Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.”
His passion for marlin fishing is emphasized dramatically near the end of the movie, just before the suicide scene.
We found Hemingway & Gellhorn somewhat hard to follow with little explanation of any type, as the story moved along. But it was realistic and dramatic.
I would recommend Hemingway & Gellhorn for what seems to be the true story of this great writer’s life as an adult.
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