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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 4: Hemingway

Summary

Documentary revealing how Hemingway, inspired by the fight against Fascism, reported on the Spanish Civil War. He also began a tempestuous romance with Martha Gellhorn

Review

By this stage in the story, we’re getting a sense of Hemingway’s old-fashioned attitudes, not least to women. “He was a bit of controller… and a bit of a bully,” comments Edna O’Brien. The series doesn’t treat his wives as satellites of the great man, it allows them equal weight, particularly Martha Gellhorn, whose affair with and marriage to Hemingway in the 1930s takes up this chapter.

His devoted second wife Pauline had supported “Papa” creatively and financially, but Martha was a fellow writer and reporter who needed freedom to do her own work. They ended up in danger of stifling each other. The problem, she said, was that they were each essentially “hell on wheels”.

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ProducerLynn Novick
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  • Summary

    Documentary revealing how Hemingway, inspired by the fight against Fascism, reported on the Spanish Civil War. He also began a tempestuous romance with Martha Gellhorn

    Review

    By this stage in the story, we’re getting a sense of Hemingway’s old-fashioned attitudes, not least to women. “He was a bit of controller… and a bit of a bully,” comments Edna O’Brien. The series doesn’t treat his wives as satellites of the great man, it allows them equal weight, particularly Martha Gellhorn, whose affair with and marriage to Hemingway in the 1930s takes up this chapter.

    His devoted second wife Pauline had supported “Papa” creatively and financially, but Martha was a fellow writer and reporter who needed freedom to do her own work. They ended up in danger of stifling each other. The problem, she said, was that they were each essentially “hell on wheels”.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerKen Burns
    DirectorKen Burns
    ProducerLynn Novick
    DirectorLynn Novick
    ProducerSarah Botstein
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