FILMS, VIDEO, AUDIO - CRITICISM, LIFE, TIMES, ADAPTATIONS, WORKS
A NOTE ABOUT MEDIA:
By the time of this update in 2013, motion pictures have undergone several evolutions of media. They have gone from film to video cassette to DVD to Blu-ray to downloads in several graphic formats, and to live streaming. Those interested in obtaining copies of any of the following would be well advised to verify the current availability of these programs in a medium suitable to their particular equipment and needs. The media information listed with each entry was based on availability at the time it was added to the filmography. Amazingly, more old films are available now than ever before.
Ernest Hemingway Reads. Caedmon Audio [cassette]; 45 min.; recorded 1948-1961. Remastered 1992. Harper Collins. c1968, 1998. Includes: Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech; Second Poem to Mary; In Harry’s Bar in Venice; The Fifth Column; Work in Progress; Saturday Night at the Whorehouse in Billings, Montana. [2013: still only on audio cassette $75.99 up – new; included in complete collection, “Audiobook Library” below.]
The Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library. Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged. MP3 Audio CD; 15 Discs. Simon & Schuster Audio. $399.99. 15 discs; about 133 hours. November 20, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1442359447 | ISBN-13: 978-1442359444 |. Complete collection of Ernest Hemingway’s works. [Amazon.com; also iTunes—several selections in free podcasts]. Various readers; interview with Patrick Hemingway. [Paul Hendrickson review in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/books/review/the-ernest-hemingway-audiobook-library.html?nl=books&emc=edit_bk_20130517 ]
American Writers II: Hemingway. 2002. VHS. 3:30. Mariel Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner host interviews, calls from viewers, archival audio and film, on location. Book TV. CSPAN.
Hemingway: An American Icon. 1999. Book TV (CSPAN). Michael Reynolds interview.
Hemingway and the Natural World. 1997. VHS. Birthday Lecture at Oak Park by Bedford Sylvester. Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.
Hemingway and Writing About War. 2004. Book TV (CSPAN). Sean Hemingway, ed. of book on the topic, and panel at JFK Library.
Hemingway in the Autumn: Ernest Hemingway in Idaho. 1999. VHS. 51 min. Susan Beegel, Mike Reynolds, Jack Hemingway, Tillie Arnold, and others. Ketchum: Centennial Entertainment.
Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship. 2000. Book TV (CSPAN). Scott Donaldson discusses his book.
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen. 2002. [AKA "Cooper & Hemingway: A 20 Year Friendship"]. NA Death of Hemingway. 1965.
Discovering Havana: In the Footsteps of Hemingway. [A Look at Havana, Cuba: Ernest Hemingway’s Favorite Playground] 2005. DVD 2011. Documentary. Dir. Jacques Vichet. Kultur (www.kultur.com ). Widescreen. 53 min.
Ernest Hemingway: Grace Under Pressure. 1986. Documentary film.
Ernest Hemingway: Life in Michigan. 2007. DVD. Documentary. Michigan sites of his stories and life. Interviews with scholars and family. CMU/WCMU-TV/PBS production; Michigan Hemingway Society, Central Michigan University, Michigan Humanities Council. 25 min. Extended version has additional interviews.
Ernest Hemingway: Profiles. 1999. Bravo TV. 1 hour. Biographical material and interview about In Love and War.
Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea. 2005. PBS. TV. DVD/VHS. 1:30. Emphasis on writing career; readings from Hemingway's works; archival footage; interviews with Sandra Spanier, Patrick Hemingway, Valerie Hemingway and others. Dir., Dewitt Sage.
Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life. 1999. Second A & E TV biography. DVD/VHS. Mariel Hemingway narrates; interviews with sons and others.
Hemingway. 1987; 1994. TV documentaries.
Hemingway [Aka Stacy Keach as Hemingway]. 1988. TV mini-series: 5 hours. DVD ( 2 discs) 2001. Based on Collected Letters and the Baker biography, filmed on location.
Hemingway and Gellhorn. 2012. 2:35. Made for TV, HBO. Nicole Kidman; Clive Owen; dir. Philip Kaufman. [Loosely based on book by Jerome Tucille (Baltimore: Winkler, 2011);] DVD/Blu-ray/Download. April 2013. Mixed reviews. Focus on Ernest’s 3rd marriage; Gellhorn outlives him.
Hemingway Home in Piggott, Ark. 2000. HGTV. Restoration of Pauline's home and conversion into a museum.
Hemingway in Cuba. DVD. Television documentary. Prod. Hilary Hemingway. WGCU, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2004.
Hemingway in Michigan. 1999. VHS. Little Traverse Historical Museum volunteers walk through Hemingway sites in Petoskey and environs.
Hemingway: Mysteries and Scandals. 1999. E! TV. 1 hour. Despite Susan Beegel interview, superficial and sensationalized biography of Ernest Hemingway. Emphasis on scandal.
Hemingway vs. Callaghan. 2003. CBC TV. Morley Callaghan's memoir, My Summer in Paris, adapted for television. 4 hours.
Hemingway, the Hunter of Death. 2001. Adventure drama. Albert Finney plays Hemingway. Story of a scientific safari in 1950s Kenya. NA.
Hemingway: Winner Take Nothing. [Aka Winner Take Nothing]. 1998. VHS. 86 min. Margaux Hemingway and her father Jack retrace her grandfather's travels in Europe [completed before her death in 1996]. MPI Media.
Hemingway's Cuba. 2005. DVD/VHS. Mariel Hemingway visits her grandfather's former haunts in Cuba. 50 Min. Food TV.
Hemingway's Ghost. 2000. Dir. Travis Hawkins. Short film (48 min.). NA.
Hemingway's Key West.1999. Book TV (CSPAN). A. E. Hotchner describes the town as part of CSPAN's centennial homage to Hemingway.
Historic Homes of Key West: Hemingway. 2004. HGTV. Broadcast April 11, 2004.
In Love and War. 1996. DVD/VHS. 1:53. Purportedly, an adaptation based on letters between Ernest and Agnes Kurowsky. Sandra Bullock. Dir. Richard Attenborough.
Intimate Portrait: Mariel Hemingway. 1998. TV. VHS. 43 min. Mariel's career and family history, including grandfather, Ernest.
Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, The. 1998. DVD 2006. Dramatized biography. Originally 3:40 hours; this edition cut to 1:40. Dir. Jose Maria Sanchez. Starring Victory Gardler and Karen Black. Filmed in Spain.
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. [Aka Hemingway Adventure.] 1999. TV. Palin retraces Hemingway's travels to various locations, beginning in Illinois and Michigan. DVD/VHS. 4 hours.
Papa. 1987. Stage production.
Papa Hemingway. 1999. 30 minutes. Book TV (CSPAN). A. E. Hotchner discusses his acquaintance with Ernest Hemingway.
Papa's Place: A Look at Cuba Now. [Aka Hemingway in Cuba]. 1999. TV. 1:30. CBS Sunday Morning observed the centennial.
Reporting America at War. 2003. PBS TV. Historic footage; Hemingway, Gellhorn (interview).
"Trout Hemingway." Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo. Dec. 27, 2005. TV. Travel Channel. Photos of Hemingway in Michigan, his recipe for trout, fly fishing on the Au Sable, Lewiston, Michigan. 12 min.
Words, The. 2012. 1:37. Dir. Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal. Bradley Cooper; Dennis Quaid; Zoe Saldana; Jeremy Irons. DVD/Blu-ray/Download. Inspired by lost briefcase episode. Drafted by another, unnamed author, it is found, published by a struggling writer, who claims credit. The original author reappears. References to Ernest (Paris plaque, etc.). Plot and narrator twists. Mixed reviews.
UNTITLED ERNEST HEMINGWAY PROJECT. Reputedly, Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan are involved. Biographical, so the rumor has it.
Buena Vista Social Club. 1999. DVD/VHS. 105 min. Old time Cuban jazz musicians rediscovered. And they are acclaimed without a single mention of Ernest Hemingway. On location in Cuba and New York.
F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1987. A & E biography. One hour.
F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1997. Second A & E biography of Fitzgerald. Interviews with Garrison Keillor and scholars. One hour.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams. 2001. PBS TV biography by Dewitt Sage. 1:30.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Mysteries and Scandals. 2000. E! TV. Sensationalized decline of Fitzgerald.
Giada's Italian Holiday. 2005. DVD/VHS. Visit to Harry's Bar in Venice and other locations. 50 min. Food TV.
Gift of the Game. 2003. DVD. Novelist and baseball stars (including former Detroit Tiger Jon Warden) restart the youth baseball league in Cuba, initiated by Ernest Hemingway. 56 min.
Forgotten Island, The: Cuba. 1999. DVD. 156 minutes. Three documentary programs: "Cuba's Conquistadores" [mobsters and revolutionaries], "Return to Havana" [cultural history, music and dance], "Hemingway's Cuba" [Hollywood stars before the revolution]. Archival footage, interviews, Cuban music. Richmond Hill, Ontario: BFS.
France Is Free: They Filmed the War in Color. Hemingway in some footage shot during liberation. 2006. DVD. 95 minutes.
Kilimanjaro: A Naked Planet Special. 2004. 1 hour. TV. Legends and geography of the literarily famous mountain.
Lost Generation, The. 1987. Stage production.
Lost Generation, The. 2001. TV. A & E Biography Special. 2:00.American literary figures/expatriates 1920s Paris.
Ojibwa of Michigan. 32 minutes. Ojibwa/Chippewa of Northern Michigan and Wisconsin: history and culture. Instructional documentary. NA except in libraries.
Paris Was a Woman. VHS. 75 minutes. Documentary. Women artists and authors of the "Lost Generation" in early 20th century Paris. Dir. Greta Schiller. New York: Zeitgeist, 1997.
IN WHICH ERNEST HEMINGWAY IS A CHARACTER
Any Human Heart. 2011. BBC/PBS Masterpiece Theater. Dir. Michael Samuels. 4:30. Adaptation of novel by William Boyd. Writer and art dealer Logan Mountstuart against a background of early 20th century Europe. Hemingway character figures in episodes 1 & 2. DVD.
Hello, Hemingway. [Ola! Hemingway]. 1990. 90 min. Cuban. Spanish language. Impoverished aspiring writer has a view of Hemingway's mansion near Havana. She tries to see him, but he is in Africa. NA.
Midnight in Paris. 2011. Dir. Woody Allen. Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates. 1:34. An author travels in time to the 1920s with the Fitzgeralds and meets Hemingway and assorted luminaries of 1920s Paris. Theatrical release May 2011; not yet on DVD.
The Moderns. 1988. DVD. 2:06 hours. A gruff Hemingway character appears in this story of a painter of forgeries (Keith Carradine) in 1926 Paris. Orion. DVD: MGM Home Entertainment, 2002.
Wings of Fame. 1990. 1:49. VHS. Colin Firth and Peter O'Toole. Assassin and political victim find themselves on an island after they die. Celebrities stay there until their fame on earth dissipates. Hemingway is a perennial resident and spends most of his time shooting into the sky.
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway. 1993. Robert Duvall (retired Cuban barber) and Richard Harris as old coots try to impress each other; one claims to have once wrestled Ernest Hemingway and won-but Ernest never appears in the film. VHS.
Adventures of a Young Man [See Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man]
After the Storm. 2002. Made for TV. DVD. Adaptation by A. E. Hotchner. Script is available in print.
Battler, The . 1956. Originally aired in the TV series Playwrights '56. VHS. B&W. 60 minutes. Paul Newman. Nostalgia Family Video, 1997.
Battler, The. 1955. TV.
Best of Friends. ["Three Day Blow"]. 1987. Made for TV.
Clean, Well-Lighted Place, A. 2002. Adaptation. NA.
Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man. [AKA Adventures of a Young Man and Hemingway's . . . ]. 1962. Selected Nick Adams stories woven into a single narrative. Richard Beymer; Arthur Kennedy; dir. Martin Ritt. Adaptation by A. E. Hotchner. NA. Remastered DVD 2007.
Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants. DVD. 18 minutes. Faithful depiction of the story. Los Angeles: Steven Brabson, 2003. [Withdrawn from circulation; dispute over rights.]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers. [AKA The Killers]. DVD. 2 discs with three versions of the story. 1) Director Robert Siodmak, with Burt Lancaster, 1946, 102 minutes [AKA Man Alone]. The opening is faithful to the original story. 2) Andreis Tarkovsky's student film version, 1956, 94 minutes. 3) Director Don Siegel, with Lee Marvin, 1964. Originally made for television, it was considered too violent for the medium. Not faithful to the original. Criterion Collection, 2005.
Fifty Grand. 1952, 1958. Television dramatization.
Gambler, the Nun and the Radio, The. 1959. Televsion dramatization.
God Rest You Merry, Gentleman. 2005. Short film. NA.
Hills Like White Elephants. 2002. Directed by Paige Cameron. 38 min.
Indian Camp. 1990. VHS. Indian Camp Production. 14 min.
Killers, The. 1959. Television dramatization.
Macomber Affair, The. [AKA Great White Hunter]. [“The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber”]. 1947. Robert Preston; Joan Bennett; dir. Zoltan Korda. 89 min. NA. [2013 Available in Region 2 version, produced in Spain—playable on multi-region DVD equipment.—Amazon.com]
My Old Man. 1950. NA.
My Old Man. 1979. DVD. Made for TV.
Short Happy Life, A. ["The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."] 1961. Stage production.
Snows of Kilimanjaro, The. 1952. VHS/DVD. 1:57. Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward. Director: Henry King. Remastered DVD 2007.
Snows of Kilimanjaro, The. 1959. TV.
Soldier's Home. 1977. Made for TV: American Short Story series, PBS. Henry Fonda introduces. Color. VHS. DVD 2005. 41 minutes.
Soldier's Home. 1988. VHS. [With Bernice Bobs Her Hair-Fitzgerald]. Coronet/MTI. 1:30.
Under My Skin. ["My Old Man"]. 1950. John Garfield. Dir. Jean Negulesco. 86 min. NA. Remastered DVD 2007.
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction. 1990. VHS. 90 minutes. DVD (single and double including 3 stories by various authors) 3/6/2007. "Hills Like White Elephants" with Melanie Griffith and James Wood. Also "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit" and "Dusk Before Fireworks." HBO. TV.
World of Nick Adams, The. 1957. Made for TV. A. E. Hotchner adaptation. NA.
Breaking Point, The. [To Have and Have Not]. 1950. John Garfield; Patricia Neal; dir. Michael Curtiz. 94 min. NA.
Climax! [AKA Climax Mystery Theater.] Episode entitled "A Farewell to Arms." 1954 TV series. NA.
Farewell to Arms, A. 1966. Made for TV. NA.
Farewell to Arms, A. 1957. DVD/VHS. Rock Hudson; Jennifer Jones; dir. Charles Vidor. 152 min. Remastered DVD 2007.
Farewell to Arms, A. 1932. DVD/VHS. Gary Cooper; Helen Hayes; dir. Frank Borsage. 1999 DVD version by Image Entertainment (with UCLA and Turner Classic Movies) restores 9 minutes cut by MPAA censors in 1930s. Almost all other video and TV versions lack the original opening and closing, as well as a childbirth scene. In addition, since most of the original film prints were lost, such copies suffered from poor picture and sound quality. Copies of the restored version by Image are available sporadically. (Cf. Imbd.com and Amazon.com). 2011: Blu-ray DVD (remastered).
Farewell to Arms, A. Radio productions: 1938, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950. Stage play: 1930. Television dramatization: 1955.
Fighter Attack. 1953. 80 min. VHS. Sterling Hayden, J. Carrol Naish, Joy Page. Dir. Lesley Selander. A downed American pilot help Italian partisans blow up a Nazi tunnel; similar to For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Force of Arms. 1951. 99 min. VHS. William Holden, Nancy Olson. Dir. Michael Curtiz. A Farewell to Arms moved up to World War II; wounded soldier falls in love before returning to the front. Writing credited to Richard Trgaskis, instead of Hemingway.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1943. DVD/VHS. Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Dir. Sam Wood. 2:30.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1965. Made for TV. 45 min. 4 episodes. UK. John Ronane. Ann Bell, Glynn Edwards. BW.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. Radio productions: 1949, 1959.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1941. Cartoon. NA.
For Whom the Bulls Toil. 1953. Cartoon. Disney. 6 min. On a trip to Mexico, Goofy encounters bulls on the road and subdues them. DVD in a collection: Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy. NA.
Girls! Girls! Girls [ To Have and Have Not]. 1962. Elvis Presley (Really!). Adaptation as a musical.
Gun Runners. [AKA Gunrunners]. [To Have and Have Not]. 1958. Audie Murphy; Eddie Albert; dir. Don Siegel. 83 min. NA.
Hemingway’s Garden of Eden. 2010. 118 minutes. Mena Suvari (Catherine Bourne), Jack Huston (David Bourne), Caterina Murino (Marita); directed by John Irvin; not yet released on DVD (12/2010).
Islands in the Stream. 1977. DVD. 104 minutes. George C. Scott. Dir. Franklin Schaffner. Outstanding performance by Scott. Excerpts from the novel mingled with excerpts from other works. Set in Bimini and Cuba but filmed in Hawaii. New remastered DVD edition 2005.
Last Flight, The. 1931. 76 min. Richard Barthelmess, Johnny Mack Brown, Helen Chandler. Dir. William Dieterle. NA. Four wounded aviators in Paris after the war fall in love with one woman; similar to The Sun Also Rises but not credited to Hemingway.
Midnight in Paris. 2011. Dir. Woody Allen. Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates. 1:34. An author travels in time to 1920s with Fitzgeralds and meets Hemingway and assorted luminaries of 1920s Paris. Released May 2011; DVD/Blu-ray 2012
Old Man and the Sea, The. 1958. DVD/VHS. Spencer Tracy; dir. John Sturges. The Hollywood film Hemingway was most involved in the production of-but unsuccessfully and unhappily. He said, "No picture with a f***ing rubber fish ever made a dime!" 87 min.
Old Man and the Sea, The. 1990. Made for TV. Anthony Quinn.
Old Man and the Sea, The. DVD. 48 minutes. Animated, originally made for Imax theaters; Academy Award for animation. Visually creative. Features "Making of . . ." and "Hemingway-A Portrait." Alexander Petrov director,animator. Pascal Blaise,1999. DVD 2004.
Rampage. 1963. 98 min. Jack Hawkins, Elsa Martinelli, Robert Mitchum. Dir. Phil Karlson. NA. Romantic triangle among wild game hunters; "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" in Malaysia instead of Africa.
Sun Also Rises, The. 1957. Tyrone Power; Ava Gardner; Mel Ferrer; dir. Henry King. 129 min. NA. Remastered DVD 2007.
Sun Also Rises, The. 1984. Made for TV. Hart Bochner; Jane Seymour; Robert Carradine; dir. James Goldstone. 240 min. NA.
To Have and Have Not. 1944. VHS/DVD. 100 minutes. [Aka Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not.] Humphrey Bogart; Lauren Bacall. Screenwriters: Jules Furthman and William Faulkner. Dir. Howard Hawks. DVD features Lux Radio Production and "Making of. . . ." The setting is moved to World War II Martinique. Warner Bros. DVD Warner Entertainment, 2003.
To Have and Have Not. 1946: radio production. 1957: TV.NA.
& SHORT STORIES
Ernest Hemingway Film Collection, The.
Restored/remastered. 1950-1962. DVD 3/6/2007. 20th Century Fox. Set of 5 discs and commentaries/features. A Farewell to Arms;, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man; The Snows of Kilimanjaro; The Sun Also Rises; Under My Skin. Color and b/w. Some widescreen. Titles available individually.
Fifth Column, The. Pubished 1938. 1959-1960: TV adaptation by A. E. Hotchner, produced for CBS, Buick Electra Theater. Staged in New York, 1930, 1940 [ran 2 ˝ months in 1940]. Hotchner adaptation staged 1990 in St. Louis. NA.
AND NARRATED BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY
Spanish Earth, The. 1937. [AKA This Spanish Earth]. English narration written and delivered by Hemingway. Archibald Macleish and Lillian Hellman wrote the scenario. Propaganda documentary for the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War. 54 minutes. Director: Joris Ivens. DVD/VHS. One DVD version [Slingshot Entertainment, 2000] also contains Ivens's 1938 film of the Chinese battle against invading Japanese, The 400 Million. This disc includes the Orson Welles narration for The Spanish Earth.
Spain in Flames. 1936 [?]. Hemingway contributed to this film documentary/propaganda piece about the civil war.
Sea, The. 1958. NA.
Circle of Honor. 2002-2003. TV. Archival footage of Ernest in episode #1.3: "Ernest Hemmingway" [sic]. NA.
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3. 1942. Guest appearance.
Kid Stays in the Picture, The. 2002. Archival footage of Hemingway and other celebrities. Solipsistic quasi-memoir by director Robert Evans. Many detractors, some enthusiastic supporters. DVD/VHS.
Life and Times. 1996/2000/2003. Archival footage in episode: "Yousuf Karsh: A Moment in Time." CBC TV. Interviews with the photographer of the best-known photo portrait of Ernest (in the turtleneck for the Life cover). NA.
& ARTICLES ABOUT HEMINGWAY AND FILM
Hamilton, Ian. Writers in Hollywood 1915-1951. NY: Harper & Row, 1990.
Laurence, Frank M. Hemingway and the Movies. Jackson: U of Mississippi, 1981. [Extremely detailed, comprehensive analysis of stories and adaptations, a classic on the topic; out of print].
Leff, Leonard J. Hemingway and His Conspirators : Hollywood, Scribners, and the Making of American Celebrity Culture. NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997.
Oliver, Charles M. Ernest Hemingway A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work. NY: Checkmark/Facts on File, 1999. ["Film, Stage, Television, and Radio Adaptations of Hemingway's Works and Works about Hemingway" pp. 398-399; brief discussions of each work within the encyclopedic text].
Oliver, Charles M. A Moving Picture Feast: The Filmgoer's Hemingway. NY: Praeger, 1989.
Phillips, Gene D. Hemingway and Film. NY: Ungar, 1980. [In-depth analyses of the films and stories they were adapted from; out of print].
Reynolds, Michael S. Hemingway's First War: The Making of A Farewell to Arms. Princteon: Princeton U. P., 1976.
Viertel, Peter. Dangerous Friends: At Large with Huston and Hemingway in the Fifties. NY: Talese/Doubleday, 1992.
For video editions of these films: Amazon.com; Borders; Facets.org; DVDplanet.com; MoviesUnlimited.com; TCM.com; AMC.com;, PBS.org;, Booktv.org; Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park: ehfop.org.
Information and indexes of films: IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database)
NA = Not currently (September 2005) available on DVD, VHS, or other medium in the retail market. Availability can change without notice.
The number of films and television programs related to Ernest Hemingway is enormous and grows by the day, with several new ones in production at any given time. Please note any new titles that you may find and contact the Michigan Hemingwy Society . Your assistance is appreciated.
Courtesy: Arthur Wagner, for the Michigan Hemingway Society
September 20, 2005 (Updated thru April 5, 2013)