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Hemingway & Gellhorn

by Adela M. Brito
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Tuesday Apr 2, 2013
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HBO Films’ "Hemingway & Gellhorn" centers on the romance between the literary master and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, his third wife and his inspiration for "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Jammed-packed with footage from the Spanish Civil War, their time in China, and World War II, this film shows the journey of their relationship, often as tumultuous as the wars they covered.

Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman plays Gellhorn, considered one of the best war correspondents of the 20th century, with the charm and force that attracted Hemingway to the real Gellhorn upon their first meeting. Golden Globe-winner Clive Owen plays "Papa" as both captivating and explosive, true to the "overly masculine" legends that followed the writer throughout his life. Kidman and her long legs shine brightest in this film.

This viewer appreciated the fact that this film explored both individuals of this power couple, shedding light on the lesser known of the two and the only woman who stood up to the literary giant. (Wife number three came close, initially denying him a divorce.) Gellhorn was the only wife who was as determined as Hemingway was. She did not ride on his coattail’s to attain success, did not dote on him, and asked for a divorce. The film begins and ends with an aging Gellhorn recalling her past.

Kidman and Owen fabuously capture the essence of these captivating characters.

Director Philip Kaufman ("Quills" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being") captures the passion of their time together and offers a hint that perhaps this was the love that Hemingway’s ego let get away. It does not even matter if this is an accurate representation or not. The director and the two formidable stars do a fabulous job at artistically capturing the essence of these captivating characters.

This film runs approximately 167 minutes, and is available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, and Digital Download. Extra features include: audio commentary with director Philip Kaufman and editor Walter Murch and the feaurettes "Behind The Visual Effects" and "Making Hemingway & Gellhorn."

"Hemingway & Gellhorn"
http://www.hbo.com
Blue-ray/DVD Combo Pack: $24.99

Adela Brito, a freelance writer and editor, has been writing about music, books, and the arts since 2000. Visit her at: www.musicalbites.com
and www.foureyesedit.com.

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