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A trailer for "Hemingway & Gellhorn", the HBO drama featuring METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, can be seen below. (Note: Lars can be seen. Cast: Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, David Strathairn, Lars Ulrich, Tony Though Hemingway and Gellhorn's relationship lasted but nine years. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has a role in the HBO film account of the relationship between author Ernest Hemingway and war.
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: Hemingway seems to notice this right away; his and Gellhorn's first sexual encounter involves him pushing her against a wall to protect her from incoming bombs, an unsurprising gesture of male chivalry.
From there Hemingway then slides his hand up her dress: One act of patriarchal dominance unsurprisingly leads to another. And yet for all of the checks Gellhorn provides against Hemingway's unbridled masculinity, she nevertheless ends up paling in comparison per the film's narrative.
Kaufman wisely tries to place Kidman front and center, but Hemingway's ubiquitous status in the canon of American literature means that she faces one damn tough uphill battle in trying to provide a counterweight to "Papa", as he is so frequently called by many of his friends.
Anyone who knows anything about literary history would likely chuckle at this line, and not without good reason; despite having a journalism prize named after her, Gellhorn's stature will never likely measure up to Hemingway's. The very reason this film was made is because Gellhorn's romance with Hemingway is so historically tantalizing, which makes her refusal to answer any questions about him at the film's end all the more ironic.
Her story is only interesting so long as she occupies Hemingway's shadow. In the battle of her career versus his, he undoubtedly won; as she gets called away to more and more foreign war assignments, he gets more and more furious.
If he can't rein her in physically, her career could potentially outgrow his and Gellhorn's work as a war correspondent is highly respected. As sad as a fact of history this is—that women have for so long only been relevant inasfar as they are tied to men—Hemingway and Gellhorn's romance nevertheless remains an intriguing literary tale, one whose history is as complex as its characters are.
Despite the cutthroat competition underlying their love, they nevertheless found an intoxication in each other, an intoxication that not even Hemingway's beloved rum could provide.
Slow dancing in a burning room they will remain, forever intertwined by their love of war and words. In the end, however, the pen and the gun are really all the same: Start throwing some punches for what you believe in," he instructs her early in the film, like a boxing coach to a scrappy up-and-coming fighter. She did, and in her love for Hemingway she paid the price: The Blu-Ray transfer is absolutely gorgeous, especially in certain parts of the Spain sequence; though the switch to archival footage is often awkward, on the whole the movie is great on the eyes.
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