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Hemingway

  • 2019
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Arts and culture

Summary

Episodes include an examination of Hemingway's time in the Red Cross during the First World War and his move to Paris, where he started work as a writer.

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Episode 5: Hemingway

Summary

The documentary reveals how the writer, reeling from his split with Martha, attached himself to the US Army as it moved through Normandy and liberated Paris. After the war, he tried to start a new life with Mary Welsh, but was beset by personal tragedies and professional mishaps. He went on to publish The Old Man and the Sea. Narrated by Peter Coyote, with the voices of Jeff Daniel, Mary-Louise Parker and Arlo Hill

Review

This breathless cinematic gallop through the extraordinary life of Ernest Hemingway – genius, monster, lover, fighter, drunkard, legend – ends this week with his suicide.
Across the final two episodes we examine his fourth marriage to Mary Welsh – the violence, the rows, the dependency, the sex. There’s publication of The Old Man and the Sea and miracle escapes from plane crashes, the legacy of which was permanent ill health. Hemingway winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is almost incidental.

So many TV biographies are padded with opinions. Ken Burns’s six-part documentary uses real footage and original sources. With pace, brevity and precision, it could have been edited by the man himself.

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NarratorPeter Coyote
UnknownJeff Daniels
UnknownMary-Louise Parker
UnknownArlo Hill
ProducerKen Burns
DirectorKen Burns
ProducerLynn Novick
DirectorLynn Novick
ProducerSarah Botstein

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  • Summary

    The documentary reveals how the writer, reeling from his split with Martha, attached himself to the US Army as it moved through Normandy and liberated Paris. After the war, he tried to start a new life with Mary Welsh, but was beset by personal tragedies and professional mishaps. He went on to publish The Old Man and the Sea. Narrated by Peter Coyote, with the voices of Jeff Daniel, Mary-Louise Parker and Arlo Hill

    Review

    This breathless cinematic gallop through the extraordinary life of Ernest Hemingway – genius, monster, lover, fighter, drunkard, legend – ends this week with his suicide.
    Across the final two episodes we examine his fourth marriage to Mary Welsh – the violence, the rows, the dependency, the sex. There’s publication of The Old Man and the Sea and miracle escapes from plane crashes, the legacy of which was permanent ill health. Hemingway winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is almost incidental.

    So many TV biographies are padded with opinions. Ken Burns’s six-part documentary uses real footage and original sources. With pace, brevity and precision, it could have been edited by the man himself.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorPeter Coyote
    UnknownJeff Daniels
    UnknownMary-Louise Parker
    UnknownArlo Hill
    ProducerKen Burns
    DirectorKen Burns
    ProducerLynn Novick
    DirectorLynn Novick
    ProducerSarah Botstein
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