Writing as War: 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' - PopMatters
Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley, Idaho, at the time of lived for eight years, four of them spent in a contentious marriage. Jill Talbot talks with Paula McLain about Martha Gellhorn's legacy, Every time their relationship takes a turn, Hemingway's voice comes in and . She learned to trust her voice and the importance of her own relationship to. For Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, their love is their writing, way you can find out if you trust somebody, is to trust them," he tells Gellhorn, Though Hemingway and Gellhorn's relationship lasted but nine years.
"I didn't like sex at all"
Louis family in and educated at Bryn Mawr where she was two years behind Katharine HepburnGellhorn went on to become one of her generation's most respected foreign correspondents, sending back dispassionate, shrewd dispatches from the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the Vietnamese conflict.
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On the downside, she was by all accounts a lousy cook, though one imagines Cukor would have been able to find comic relief in that shortcoming. Given Gellhorn's iconic status, perhaps the greatest virtue of Caroline Moorehead's dexterously edited selection of her letters is the way it depicts the irascibly human personality behind the legend. Though Gellhorn was usually on the side of the angels when it came to politics, she could also be willfully naive on the subject of Israel and downright repellent when speaking about the Arabs.
Writing as War: 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'
Possessor of a remarkably full dance card of charming lovers, she was by her own admission indifferent to sex and continually disappointed by romance. A woman whose wartime reports were filled with compassion for children, she could be a mother from hell to her adopted son. Most notably, her letters reveal that her glamorous exterior and her cool journalistic prose concealed a volcanic, lifelong anger at the liars, frauds and politicians she deemed to be ruining the world she loved to travel.
Although the man with whom Gellhorn will always be most closely associated is Hemingway, he was by no means her first big love.
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Her letters from this time are among the book's most poignant, not just for their tales of impossible love de Jouvenel's wife would not divorce him but also for the prescience with which Gellhorn already viewed her role in a world hostile to ambitious, self-reliant women. There is, she already knows at the age of 24, "too much space in the world.
I am bewildered by it, and mad with it. And this urge to run away from what I love is a sort of sadism I no longer pretend to understand.
Although the world's most famous novelist was still married to Pauline Pfeiffer, it was Gellhorn who accompanied him to Spain, where she covered the civil war as a special correspondent for Collier's magazine. Her letters from Spain to Eleanor Roosevelt are among the book's most memorable and its saddest, as it is doubtful that our current first lady cultivates similarly provocative and enriching correspondents.
They have already made Germany and Italy and Austria so loathsome that even the scenery is inadequate, and every time I drive on the roads here and see the rock mountains and the tough terraced fields, and the umbrella pines above the beaches, and the dust colored villages and the gravel river beds and the peasant's faces, I think: Save Spain for decent people, it's too beautiful to waste. From the beginning of their marriage, there is evidence in her letters that she was living with an egomaniacal child who did not like sharing a bed with a literary rival.
A spoof pre-wedding contract contains what turns out to be some unintended truth when Gellhorn promises Hemingway that "he and his business are what matter to me in this life, and that also I recognize that a very fine and sensitive writer cannot be left alone for two months and sixteen days.
I watch him adoring his image, with such care and such tolerance and such accuracy in detail I weep for the eight years I spent She was solid hell. A big false lying woman; everything about her was virtuous and untrue. Now I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother Deep in Ernest, due to his mother, going back to the indestructible first memories of childhood, was mistrust and fear of women.
Which he suffered from always, and made women suffer; and which shows in his writing.
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Army's refusal to let female correspondents serve on the front lines. Though Hemingway and Gellhorn's relationship lasted but nine yearsthis minute picture makes it feel as if they were together for decades. Hemingway married a great many women in his life, but for Kaufman and screenwriters Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner, she is the one woman who truly challenged him as a person. All other women in his life, namely Pauline and Mary Welsh Parker Poseyare portrayed as deeply ineffectual in their love for him.
Only Gellhorn—whose humanistic idealism is channeled wonderfully by Kidman—seems to get at something beneath his gruff, hairy exterior. Their chemistry is evident from the moment they meet. After catching a huge marlin, Hemingway proudly displays it to the patrons of Sloppy Joe's bar, a favorite spot of his in Key West.
Gellhorn then struts in and leans over the bar, posterior in full view. From there, things only go up for these literary lovers. Owen and Kidman are a great match, and each bring out the positives and negatives out of their respective roles.
For every time Hemingway charms, he also demeans.
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Gellhorn's cultural sensitivity is admirable, but her self-destructive streak, i. The film begins with Kidman—with some impressive age makeup—performing Gellhorn as an interviewee, narrating her life to an anonymous film crew. She pops up every now and then throughout, and then later goes on to cap off the movie as were the whole story a collection of memories.
As presented, however, it comes off as three different ideas for a story mixed together into a confused whole. Because of this some promising performances and storylines, particular those involving actors Tony Shalhoub and Rodrigo Santoro, are forgotten by the long-winded final stretch.
The title truly does say it all: For all of the actual warfare that's depicted onscreen, the true violence comes in the form of the writing both authors commit themselves to. Hemingway, the rugged novelist, aims to capture the ugliness of war in all its brutality. Gellhorn, meanwhile, cares more about the interpersonal aspects of the war: This is, of course, the classic gendered divide: