“Hemingway & Gellhorn,” starring Nicole Kidman as as journalist Martha Gellhorn and Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway, will air Monday, May 28 on HBO. The film begins in 1936 when the two meet at in a bar in Key West, Florida. Instantly, there’s a spark and soon both take off for Spain to report on the Spanish Civil War.
Refusing to be a “footnote in someone else’s life,” it’s Gellhorn’s drive and strong-willed personality that captures the imagination.
This dramatic retelling of a dramatic relationship — with cameos from John Dos Passos, Maxwell Perkins, and Max Eastman — is sure to appeal to literary fans.
Before you watch the film, read about this heroic, female war correspondent who reported on fascism from the front lines. Might we suggest:
Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life by Caroline Moorehead and the Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn edited by Caroline Moorehead.