TV: TV Club: Hemingway & Gellhorn
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Hemingway & Gellhorn debuts tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern
Some stories may be too irresistible to the artists who seize upon the idea of telling them. Any handful of the following elements could make a memorable movie: larger-than-life historical protagonists, forbidden love, a war-torn setting, copious alcohol, idealism, cynicism, courage, cowardice, loyalty, betrayal, creative genius, creative blockage, international intrigue, an endless parade of famous people.
But perhaps due to the creative team involved with Hemingway & Gellhorn, this HBO original production tries to include every single one of these morsels of prestige movie catnip. The writing team—Jerry Stahl (TV writer turned author of Permanent Midnight) and Barbara Turner (TV actress turned screenwriter of Pollock and The Company)—fail to resist the story’s elements of substance-fueled excess and artistic obsession, respectively. And the director—Philip Kaufman of The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness
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