|My, what a sexy couple!|
I know DG readers admire the brilliant and intrepid Gellhorn because of the response to a previous post. So I hope we can discuss the film, which looks good from the previews and is taken from her memoirs. (It was also a Cannes Film Festival selection.) This Wall Street Journal article has a good preview analysis with some background.
|Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in HBO's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn.'|
In 1983, a British TV interviewer posed this loaded question to Gellhorn, then 75 and still gorgeous: "I.F. Stone once described governments as comprised entirely of liars and nothing they say should ever be believed."
The response was a typical no-holds-barred Gellhorn opinion: "Quite right. And Tolstoy once said governments are a collection of men who do violence to the rest of us. Between Izzy Stone and Tolstoy, you've got it about right."
Gellhorn felt her duty as a journalist was to bear witness. She told stories not of generals and politicians, but of powerless people — the victims of war. Biographer Caroline Moorehead says that for Gellhorn, it was less a job than a calling.
"I think she felt all she really could do was write," Moorehead says. "It was all she knew how to do. And she was still feeling that in her 80s. And since nobody else seemed to be writing — to her — about the children and napalm in Vietnam, then even though she was getting on and she wasn't accredited to a newspaper, well, then, she'd go and write about it." [via NPR: Power Couple, Covering War and Waging Their Own, by Susan Stamburg]