Hemingway & Gellhorn

"We were good in war. And when there was no war, we made our own."

Hemingway & Gellhorn is the true story of the most influencial literary couple of the 20th century. The story begins in Key West, Florida in 1936 when Martha Gellhorn meets Ernest Hemingway in a bar. Later the two writers meet again in Spain at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Gellhorn brushed off Hemingway's advances until that fateful moment when the two found themselves in a hotel room during an air raid.

In 1940 Hemingway got a divorce from his second wife giving him the chance to marry Martha Gellhorn. While Ernest and Martha were getting married events in Europe took a turn for the worse. During much of World War II the couple took time to travel to areas away from the front lines of the war. One destination was the free regions in China that weren't under Japanese occupation.

Ernest was reporting on the invasion of France in the summer of 1944 when Martha decided to follow him disguised as a Red Cross nurse. During the following months when the Allied Troops fought their way into Germany a smaller battle was taking place back in Florida. By 1945 the strain on the marriage of both Ernest and Martha was apparent to many of their close friends leading up to the day when Martha asked for the divorce. Undaunted by the failure of his third marriage Hemmingway wrote the literary classic "For Whom the Bell Tolls" which became a best seller in America.

Both of these writers were in love at a time when it seemed the world was at the edge of total destruction. The marriage of Hemingway & Gellhorn didn't last more than a decade, but the legacy of these two writers placing themselves in harms way to find stories helped open the eyes of America. In those days to find a great news story one had to travel to places that were embroiled in conflict. Whether during the Civil War in Spain or the battle for Europe during World War II, Hemingway knew that to find something worth writing meant sometimes placing oneself into great risk to reap the biggest reward.

TV-MA
| 2012 | 2 hr 34 min | 6.3/10
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Director
Philip Kaufman
Language
English
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