Starring two of today’s most acclaimed actors, and directed by Oscar
nominee Philip Kaufman (in his first film for television), Hemingway & Gellhorn
tells the story of the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage between Martha Gellhorn (Kidman) and Ernest Hemingway (Owen), following the adventurous writers through all the great conflicts of their time – from the Spanish Civil War and beyond. Considered by many to be the greatest of all war correspondents – man or woman – Gellhorn’s drive and success catapulted her beyond the confines of her marriage into a revered and respected career independent of Hemingway’s. Epic in scale, with masterfully woven archival footage, Hemingway & Gellhorn offers a unique glimpse at a powerful relationship born and torn by war.
An intriguing drama about love, war, and writing, Hemingway & Gellhorn
is the story of the relationship between novelist Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and war reporter Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman): how they inspired one another, loved each other, and drove each other crazy. Told retrospectively by Gellhorn in a series of flashbacks, the film begins with Hemingway and Gellhorn's chance meeting in the days leading up to the Spanish Civil War. The pair find themselves oddly attracted to one another, even as Gellhorn is simultaneously repulsed by Hemingway, and they're soon matching wits and being galvanized to action by the political events preceding the war and their need to do something: to exert control over a world spinning out of control and to give voice to the voiceless. A working relationship in the heat of a war zone soon turns personal, and the two find a complicated love where each inspires the work of the other. As they follow one another across the globe from one war zone to another, their relationship becomes increasingly complicated and their needs diverge, even as their desire for one another continues to burn. The story is powerful on its own, but it is intensified by blending green-screen footage of the actors and layered special effects to effectively place the modern-day actors in the middle of archival footage. The actors are able to interact with the people and surroundings everywhere from the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to Hemingway and Gellhorn's home in Cuba. The result is stunning and completely believable. Special features include audio commentary with director Philip Kaufman and editor Walter Murch, a look at the visual effects used in the film, and a making-of featurette. --Tami Horiuchi