Ernest Hemingway made a comic appearance in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," but he's back to being larger-than-life in the upcoming HBO biopic "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring Clive Owen as Hemingway and Nicole Kidman as his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, who, like her husband, was a talented writer and competetive journalist. It airs on May 28 for the first time.
The made-for-TV movie is being billed as a romantic drama, and it also stars Robert Duvall, Parker Posey, Tony Shalhoub, David Straithairn, and Peter Coyote. I don't know how biographically accurate it will be, but the trailer looks promising and it's being directed by Philip Kaufman ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being," "The Right Stuff").
"Hemingway & Gellhorn recounts one of the greatest romances of the last century—the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway and the beautiful, trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn—as it follows the adventurous writers through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. As witnesses to history, they covered all the great conflicts of their time; but the war they couldn't survive was the war between themselves.
Yeah, well, the marriage was doomed to fail because Ernest wanted Martha to give up her job as a correspondent and be Mrs. Hemingway at their house in Cuba, while instead she goes to Haiti to cover a story about poverty—then neuters his cats when she returns and he's off fishing. And the kicker? After she declares she's going to cover WWII for Collier's and tells him he should get involved as well, what does he do? He phones Collier's and offers to write for them. Since every news outlet could have only one correspondent in the field, Ernest took her spot, and he knew he was doing it. I wonder, will they show Martha having to travel to Europe without credentials as the only passenger on board with a cargo ship full of explosives?