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Hemingway's gruff, monotone voice narrates this 1937 documentary that captures the struggle of the Spanish Republicans against Franco.

Hemingway's War Movie

The Spanish Civil War, the second of three wars in which Hemingway saw action, and the one which produced his novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls," was the most politically committed time of his life. He wrote commentary and helped raise finance for a propaganda film, shot by a Dutchman, Joris Ivens, and called "Spanish Earth."

Orson Welles, enlisted to record the commentary, wanted to change some of the lines which he thought sounded unduly pompous. At a viewing of the film, described by Welles in "Cahiers du Cinéma," he and Hemingway came to blows, going at each other with chairs and fists, as the armies fought it out on the screen in front of them.

The two American heavyweights were reconciled over a bottle of whiskey, and though Welles still gets the credit in some of the early prints, it is Hemingway's flat, harsh monotone that accompanies the film.



"Cochinillo Asado"

For Jake and Brett in "The Sun Also Rises," dining in Madrid means only Casa Botín, the oldest continuous restaurant in the world. This recipe is adapted from the Casa Botín.



Text excerpt: "Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure" by Michael Palin © Michael Palin, 1999. Used with permission of Cassell & Company. Buy the book in the Palin shop. Screen shot from "Spanish Earth," © Capi Films.

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