I have watched Hemingway & Gellhorn movie last night.
I really like reading Hemingway. I think he was a powerful storyteller in his time. The movie in my opinion represent him quite well. You could feel his passion of writing. Until this movie, I never heard of war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. When I was living in Turkey, whatever translated into Turkish of any Hemingway book, I have read it. But as far as I know there was none of Martha Gellhorn, so I never knew of her existing even. I like to read and learn more about her.
I have watched Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (screenplay) a long time ago. I thought that movie was indeed pretty good. Since I know Milan Kundera’s book is not easy to make movie out of it. I absolutely love Milan Kundera’s novels. He is a very good writer. However Philip Kaufman’s Hemingway & Gellhorn movie disappointed me somehow.
I personally did not like any of black and white/ sepia/ color blending changes. I think it was too much, after certain point it did not add anything into the story on the contrary it made it annoying transitions effect only.
Hemingway is portrait very vividly in the movie. As an audience, you could feel Hemingway’s passion to the life, women and writing. But the female character Martha Gellhorn in the movie is portrait very poorly. This was not a Nicole Kidman’s poor acting, she was quite good indeed. It was more about the scenario and showing the male perspective.
I would say Philip Kaufman had very sexist point of view in the movie while showing gloriously male character Hemingway’s life how powerful he was, how fully he lived. He was a great writer, also a total chauvinistic, jealous lover, disloyal husband and quite a bastard to many others include women. Kaufman adored the Hemingway character and absolutely did not give a rat’s ass about female character Martha Gellhorn. In the movie all you could see Martha Gellhorn went to war to war ( even though she was the first woman war correspondent ) you never understand why she went to war in the movie. As if she is going holidays. The movie emphases more about her being blond and good looking woman. Gosh, is that so difficult for a man to accept success of a woman?
She wrote the history! As she says at the end of the movie she had no intention of “being a footnote in someone else’s life.” ( as Hemingway’s ex-wife ). And from the movie what we learn about her? She is a good looking woman, who stayed married with Hemingway during the war (she was the the third wife of Hemingway ), she drank well, did not mind getting laid behind the stage… Is that it really? Nothing much mention that this woman went war zones by herself, had strong willpower to report the truth more than propaganda’s of governments. I guess bitterness towards women successes continues even in the movies.
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Director: Philip Kaufman
Writers: Jerry Stahl, Barbara Turner
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn
Gellhorn was one of five individuals – and the only woman – honored in the 2008 American Journalists stamp series.
The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism was established in her honor.