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The dialog/ captioning makes reference to a roar of a "jet" engine and a jet is seen rapidly flying past in the bombing of Madrid. No jets were around then. They were developed after the Spanish Civil War. See more »
[Voiceover of a letter he wrote]
Beloved, I learned from you not to have the vanity to think that planes were looking for me and all bullets had my name on them. I am tired, and I wish I were with you.
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I wanted to enjoy this film very much, and was looking forward to seeing it.
Unfortunately it doesn't deliver in any way other than visually. It was shot and edited beautifully, and had a lot of potential. But that's where it ends.
The story is boring and meandering, and never really gives you anything to sink your teeth into. The character development is shockingly superficial, as though we're automatically supposed to care about Hemingway and Gellhorn simply because they're Hemmingway and Gellhorn. Sadly, it just doesn't work like that; the notoriety of he subject matter isn't enough to carry the story without competent writing to back it up.
Ultimately we're left with a disappointingly empty portrayal of one of the most colorful and dynamic individuals in history.
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