Friday, 9 November 2018

Hemingway and Gellhorn.


The film covers the affair and subsequent marriage between Ernest Hemingway, the American novelist, and Martha Gellhorn, considered to be one of great war correspondents. They met in 1936 and were married in 1940 for a turbulent five-year period. Together they covered the Spanish Civil War, the war in Europe also they interviewed Chiangmai Kai-shek during the Japanese invasion of China, all of which are covered in this HBO, made for TV, movie.

Nicole Kidman is convincing as Gellhorn, but Clive Owen is the opposite as Hemingway, whereas you only see Owen on the screen rather than the great novelist. Archive footage and the live action are seamlessly knitted together to form some great scenes especially during the Spanish Civil War.

The reason for finally getting round to watching this 2012 movie is due to the fact that I’m reading Lindsey Hilsum’s hard hitting biography of ‘the foremost war reporter of her generation’ Marie Colvin who sited Martha Gellhorn as her heroine and one of her biggest influence’s. There certainly are a great many similarities between these two brave women, the lovers, the drinking but mainly the adrenaline rush of  front line reporting.


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