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Plot: A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer. Runtime: 155 mins Release Date: 27 May 2012
This is a really amazing film. Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman give terrific performances. The way Nicole inhabits the character of Martha Gellhorn was a thing to behold. She has never been better! Clive Owen is such a terrific actor and I always enjoy his work. Owen's Hemingway is amazing: he has you laughing with him one moment and the next he terrifies you. It's a really haunting performance and I'm sure they will both be nominated for Emmys. It's full of wonderful actors and superb visual effects. I have been reading about the way they were able to "nest" characters <more>
into the archival footage and it's breathtaking. The film takes you all over the world and I was surprised to learn that the whole film was shot in the San Francisco Bay area. What a feat! This film is truly a classic. They don't make them like this anymore. Don't miss it.
I loved this movie. I was enthralled with the love story between Hemmingway & Gelhorn. Knowing little about his life and really nothing about hers I was drawn into the film by their amazing lives. What a trailblazer she was. It's one of the best performances I have seen from Nichole Kidman or Clive Owen. They had great chemistry together. I believed that they were their characters. This movie was sexy, funny, sad and complicated. Just like life. I also got into the historical aspect of the film which I also knew little about before. One of my favorite parts was Robert Duval as the <more>
Russian general. He was awesome. This is the best movie that I have seen on HBO in a while.
All the bad reviews. I enjoyed the whole movie. So it was a little off historically. It was a really good movie. I liked the way it faded to old film. It kept my interest the whole time and the acting was very believable. I saw Hemingway and Gellhorn, not Owen and Kidman. Critics get just a little too much sometimes. Enjoy the movie for what it was - a good movie that kept me totally entertained for 2 1/2 hours.
Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen give wonderful performances as Martha Gellhorn, war correspondent, and the love of her life, the brilliant Ernest Hemingway.They not only wrote about the devastation of war, they viewed it first-hand. The battle scenes during the Spanish Revolution were authentic and awesome to say the least.As the hotel in Spain is bombed, the two begin a torrid love affair and eventually wed. Their problem was that they were too much alike and as a result, emotional problems would invariably result.The Spanish Revolution was Hemingway's reason for writing "For Whom the <more>
Bell Tolls." In reality, the only woman who ever really benefited from him was Katina Paxinou. As his fiery revolutionary in that great 1943 film, Paxinou was named best supporting actress.Robert Duvall has an uncredited memorable bit-part as a Russian general.
"I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else's life" (by weezeralfalfa)
My review title illustrates Martha Gellhorn's persistent complaint that her lifetime achievements as a war correspondent and writer merited more historical notoriety than simply being Hemingway's third wife. The title should have Gellhorn's name first, as the film begins and ends with her, without Hemingway. She outlived him by nearly 40 years, and thus had plenty of time to reflect on the significance of their time together. As Gellhorn notes: "A battlefield neither of us could survive was domestic life". at least, together . They were too much alike in some ways, and <more>
yet different in some important ways, for their relationship to last forever. Gellhorn wrote that they were really afraid of each other, each being potentially the most violent person the other knew. Hemingway, being nearly a decade older and much better known by the public when they met, the relationship was bound to deteriorate as Gellman matured from a surrogate daughter and comrade in arms to being a true competitor of Hemingway in terms of taking on dangerous foreign adventures. Nonetheless, at the end of the film, where Gellman makes an imaginary phone call to a long deceased Hemingway, she grudgingly admits some debt to his influence on her life's work in the last line of the film "You're not dead yet, you f---."While the screenplay is mainly limited to the time when Gellhorn and Hemingway interacted with each other, the last portion skips ahead to the last weeks of Hemingway's life, when he's a chronically depressed white -haired old man of 61, undergoing ineffective ghastly electroshock treatments which I was unaware of , before shooting himself as soon as he got back home. The near catatonic characterization of Hemingway at this time is probably an exaggeration. Just before his suicide, he mouths part of the speech he sent to Stockholm relating to his Nobel Prize, lamenting the typical fate of aging writers. Shortly before this segment, Hemingway is shown choosing to let his fishing line unravel when he hooks a marlin. This implies that he suddenly lost his will to deal with challenging situations and his ability to write effectively: a rather gross exaggeration of the truth. In fact, he continued to write prodigiously, even when seriously ill near the end of his life, and made a '54 trip to Africa. While dramatizing Gellman's activities on and shortly after D-day, the film ignores Hemingway's simultaneous post- D-Day-related activities. Hemingway's severe injuries from several plane accidents and development of several chronic health problems, which much contributed to his depressed state in his last decade, are ignored. The film ends with an unsuccessful attempt by reporters to get an aged Gellman to talk about Hemingway, followed by her imaginary phone conversion with the deceased, then with her exit for yet another foreign adventure.Nicole Kidman was fantastic as Gellhorn: occasionally romantic, but mostly hard-bitten and cynical with age, as a woman who led her chosen life would almost have to be. Gellhorn wrote that she didn't really enjoy sex and, in the film's beginning, says she was undoubtedly a very poor bed partner, that not being where her true passion lay. Hence, all the lovemaking scenes are initiated by Hemingway, often with a resisting Gellman.Clive Owen, as Hemingway, was a much less perfect fit, but still acceptable, for the most part. The details of their relationship and activities during this period apparently were carefully researched, according to the commentary by the director on my DVD copy. Frequent intermittent nesting of the principle actors into archival film footage relating to the various war zones gave an additional perception of authenticity. The frequent switching between B&W, semi-color and full color, which annoys some viewers, helped distinguish the past from the present, and nested archival footage from current scenes. Several lyrics to the tune for "Red River Valley" serves as the running theme song.The scene in which Hemmingway challenges Robert Duvall, as the Russian general, to a modified Russian roulette duel, is interesting. Each grasps the end of the same kerchief in the teeth and circle each other, as each holds a pistol to their head. The point of this bizarre ritual is not apparent before they are convinced to end it and hug each other. Could this represent a foreshadowing of the future Cold War, with nuclear arsenals being represented by the pistols? The initiation and termination of their intense relationship is symbolized by an adversarial conversation through her locked or partially open hotel room door, although their relationship actually began or effectively was terminated prior to these incidents.Their first sexual encounter is a very dramatic scene , as they writhe in ecstasy while the Madrid hotel room they occupy is gradually being destroyed by shock waves from fascist aerial bombs. Hemingway massages plaster dust from the crumbling ceiling over Gellhorn's skin. How many first sexual encounters are this dramatic? Later, as the two are backstage, waiting for Hemingway to be called out to introduce a documentary on the plight of Spanish peasants, he impulsively initiates standup sex with Gellhorn. Perhaps he hoped this would enhance his confidence in his speech, as is thought to have happened with JFK in his first presidential debate with Nixon. Gellhorn then makes a better follow up speech, but is ignored by the press.
Hemingway & Gellhorn is a magnificent film, joining the ranks of Kaufman's best. (by puxp)
Kidman is strong here as Martha Gellhorn, using her exceptional figure and old-fashioned movie star glamour to full effect
More Than Being Just Hemingway's Wife (by Desertman84)
Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman star in this HBO film entitled Hemingway & Gellhorn.It tells the story of writer Ernest Hemingway and his journalist wife Martha Gellhorn. Philip Kaufman directs in this TV movie that was shown on HBO on 2012.It begins in 1936 when both Martha and Ernest meet for the first time at a bar in Florida.Later,they meet each other again in Spain during a civil war and starts a romance.This effects to a nine-year relationship.They continue with their lives as we get to see Martha go to different countries like China as a war correspondent while Hemingway continues to <more>
write novels like "For Whom The Bell Tolls" which his wife Martha inspired him to do so.Then things started to look bleak between the two until the movie ended with Martha being one of the only four wives filling a divorce from Ernest in 1945.The performances of the movie was great.Give credit to both Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman for their portrayal of Hemingway and Gellhorn respectively.Owen provided the needed passion and bravado that Ernest is known for that made him a literary legend.Meanwhile,Kidman was definitely a classic as the beautiful and determined Martha Gellhorn,who would not want to be known simply as Hemingway's wife alone.Her journey from being a journalist to a war correspondent was a great story.While it may not be totally about the romance but rather more on the respective careers,it was still a good TV movie.
A biopic on the relationship between the renowned writer Ernest Hemingway and the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. A tempestuous, on-and-off romance that spanned nine years and several war zones and a World War.Great docu-drama: Gritty, moving story.Excellent performances by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles. Owen captures the reckless, live-life-to-the-fullest, abandon of Hemingway perfectly, and for once Kidman doesn't come across as prissy and pretentious. Good supporting cast which includes Robert Duvall, Parker Posey, Tony Shalhoub and David Strathairn.
Gripping movie (by rps-2)
I'm surprised at the many negative comments posted here. I thought this was a superbly done film in all respects. It captures the essence of the Spanish civil war and the feel and mood of the thirties. The recreation of Frank Capra's famous and controversial photo was brilliant as was that of another famous photo: the abandoned child in the ruins of Nanking. The fades from black and white to colour were a neat technique that capitalizes on our memories of both the Spanish and Chinese conflicts which of necessity are based on black and white newsreels. And although it's been done <more>
before, inserting the movie's characters into actual footage of FDR and other historical figures was brilliant. The one negative --- otherwise I would have given it a 9 or even a ten --- ware the needlessly long, overly explicit and laughably acrobatic sex scenes. They cheapen an otherwise very well done film!