Hemingway: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Hemingway

Critics Consensus

Thorough and thoughtful, Hemingway's honest approach to its complicated subject avoids hagiography without diminishing the impact of his words.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 6

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 5, 2021

Ernest Hemingway volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I and publishes his first two novels.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2021

Ernest Hemingway reports on the Spanish Civil War and begins a stormy romance with Martha Gellhorn.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2021

Hemingway follows the Army as they advance through Europe. Afterwards, he tries to start a life with Mary Welsh, but is beset with tragedies. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea to acclaim but is overcome by his declining mental condition.

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Tv Season Info

The visionary work and turbulent life of writer Ernest Hemingway, including his influence on literature and culture.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Daniels
Hemingway
Lynn Novick
Producer
Ken Burns
Producer
Sarah Botstein
Producer

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Critic Reviews for Hemingway Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

It's a documentary interested in showing the author, warts and all, and giving audiences the opportunity to look at how all these elements made up a man whose works are pieces of art.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's not just the details unearthed here that make this a must-watch -- it's how everyone involved comes together to illuminate more than could be gained from a traditional biographical series.

Apr 5, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Mostly, though, Burns and Novick face the opposite challenge: an excess of material. The evidence of the eventfulness of that life -- its exteriority -- is extensive, to say the least. Meeting that challenge, they demonstrate a fine eye for detail.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

It doesn't avoid or excuse Hemingway's excesses and betrayals and failures. Instead it enhances our understanding of the man by probing deeply into both his life and his writings.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

In an appalling act of journalistic malpractice, the Burns and Novick series never even mentions the FBI file.

Apr 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The documentary paints a tragic figure of an author whose work remains powerful, and whose complexities remain impossible to parse out.

Apr 8, 2021 | Full Review…

He was an object of fascination like no other writer, and he receives his due in the superb new documentary Hemingway, a three-part, six-hour film for PBS directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, with a penetrating script by Geoffrey C. Ward.

Apr 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The creators conscientiously attempt to examine Hemingway's art and personality in their contradictoriness.

Apr 11, 2021 | Full Review…

... a masterful and loving work that, through incredible detail, covers the breadth of one of the greatest American authors

Apr 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Burns & Novick's documentary more solidly cements Hemingway's flaws as his legacy, rather than his talent. He might have perpetuated the standard of American exceptionalism, but Hemingway's work is too much a product of its time.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Hemingway is the elevator-music version of Hemingway.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: 2.0/5 | Full Review…

Burns and Novik keep things centered and do their best to tell Hemingway's story with often brutal honesty.

Apr 7, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hemingway: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Documentary does not mention Hemingway's work with the Russian precursor to KGB and, according to Humberto Fontova, Hemingway's delight at watching, with a drink in hand, the summary execution of Cubans at the hands of the Castro regime. Tell the whole truth Ken Burns.
  • 6d ago
    4.3 stars for now. So much to process before leaving a proper review.
  • 6d ago
    Usual PBS/Ken Burns whiny meandering, with the questionable presumption that there is all that much interest in the life of this pretentious literary gasbag. Lillian Ross did the job a lot better in the New Yorker in 1950.

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