RARA-AVIS: Hemingway and Spain

From: juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi
Date: 27 Nov 2007

Haven't actually read FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL (and I haven't even seen the film, even though I vividly remember an opportunity to see it on screen in 1990), but I have seen the film that Joris Ivens directed from Hemingway's script, called SPANISH EARTH, several times. It shows at least some understanding of the Spanish situation and Hemingway writes beautifully about the Spanish people. I think it's the only film that Hemingway had a hand in - he even narrates it, with actually a quite nice flat, hardboiled tone in his voice.

There are some descriptions of Hemingway being more like a tourist in the Spanish Civil War, though, at least in Orwell's and Jason Gurney's memoirs of the war.


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