The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway

Director José María Sánchez


Luis Bacalov José María Sánchez Hemingway

Traces the legendary author’s life, from the images and memories of his early boyhood, to his tragic suicide at 62. We first meet Hemingway as a young boy dominated by the virile figure of his father, a doctor devoted to hunting and fishing. Hemingway next appears as an 18-year-old ambulance driver during World War I who is wounded on the frontline of Piave. In the hospital, he meets and falls in love with a young Red Cross nurse who later becomes the model for his heroine in ” A Farewell to Arms”, a fictionalizes account of his experience as a young soldier coming to grips with the horrors of war. Hemingway becomes a foreign correspondent and travels to France, Italy, and Spain, but soon abandons his journalistic career and settles in Paris to write novels and short stories. Interspersed throughout the story are Hemingway’s encounters with an enigmatic woman of indeterminate age who becomes his closest confidant. She is the personification of death’s shadow and follows him throughout his life. In the end, she finds him in a clinic as a disillusioned old man wasted by anxiety and depression. Shortly after, Ernest Hemingway takes his life with a shotgun.

Genre drama

Victor Garber: Ernest Hemingway
Ángela Molina: La signora
Erland Josephson: Clarence Hemingway
Rom Anderson: Hadley Richardson
Karen Black: Martha Gellhorn
Gianni Cavina: Natoli
Phyllis Logan: Mary Welsh Hemingway
Annie Girardot: Gertrude Stein
Rita Tushingham: Alice Toklas
Joe Pesci: John Dos Passos
Bruno Ganz: Ezra Pound
José Luis Gómez: Pablo Picasso

Soundtrack Luis Bacalov