Our Man in Havana: New Hemingway Biopic

Lion and the Hunter

Biopics are the film equivalent of biographies: they can be decent but often they seem to be overly indulgent and superficial. Dickens is the most recent subject of the biographical attention in The Invisible Woman (2013), while the late David Foster Wallace is to be the feature of a forthcoming biopic (purportedly played by Jason Segal). But Ernest Hemingway is perhaps the most notable author to have been immortalised in film, his richly detailed life the subject of films including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011) and Philip Kaufman’s lamentable Hemingway and Gellhorn (2012). Midnight in Paris, evidently, focuses on Hemingway’s Paris years, while Hemingway and Gellhorn focuses on Hemingway’s Spain years. Now, a new biopic on Hemingway is set to be released, focusing on the author’s Cuba years, directed by Bob Yari, the film producer  behind films such as Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil (2006), now in his directorial…

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