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  • Actors: Michael Palin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OF6KN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Palin goes on another jaunt round the world, tracing the steps of famous author Ernest Hemingway.

This 1999 BBC documentary was produced to coincide with Ernest Hemingway's centenary. Michael Palin makes his way round the writer's old haunts, from Paris to Pamplona, Milan to Montana, and Kilimanjaro to Key West, in his attempt to discover the man behind the legend: a hard-drinking womaniser who liked cats and shooting - but wrote like a dream and left an indelible impression on the twentieth century through his work.

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In Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure, our guide follows in Hemingway's footsteps through Europe, Africa, and the United States in an effort to learn more about what made the literary giant tick. Palin's fascination with Ernest Hemingway began when he was growing up reading tales of fishing, hunting, drinking and other adventurous pursuits. His reading gave him the first taste of the wider world, and inspired in him a love of travel that would lead to his journeys such as Pole to Pole and Full Circle.

Beginning in the suburbs of Chicago, then heading to Italy, Paris, Pamplona and Cuba, Palin soaks up the atmosphere--and a daiquiri or two--in many of Papa's favourite haunts. He has an obvious affection for his subject, but he remains as irreverent as ever, whether he's trying (and failing) to shoot ducks in a freezing Italian lake or trying (and failing) to get an audience with Fidel Castro in Havana.

Although it lacks the "Will he make it?" excitement of the earlier series, the relatively leisurely pace of this journey allows Palin to dig a little deeper into his subject. He has an extraordinary knack for finding fascinating people on his travels, and his unassuming style encourages them to open up in front of the camera. The Hemingway trail offers particularly rich pickings, including a centenarian boxer who sparred with Hemingway and a gathering of portly, bearded Papa lookalikes in a Key West bar. Moving easily from the hilarious (tales of Hemingway sailing sans underwear) to the moving (describing the writer's last days from the room where he died), Palin is the perfect travel companion, and this is his most personal journey yet. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hakan Sandgren on 1 Mar. 2012
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This was the missing link in Michael Palin's travel logs for me. What I enjoyed about this journey was that I experienced Palin as more serious than I have seen him before. Why there are fewer jokes and a serious touch to Palin, I do not know. I suppose some of the matters featured, like bull fighting and game hunting, are serious on many levels. Do not get me wrong, I love his jokes, which he usually places aptly during other journeys. By no means are they all gone but his more serious approach during this trip seemed to work well with the subject matter. Palin is meeting interesting, engaging people along the way and weaves Hemmingway's life pleasantly into the story. It makes for good viewing and will not disappoint anyone enjoying good travel stories.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 27 Oct. 2007
This is an oddity in Michael Palin's celebrated series of travel programmes for the BBC. Unlike the others, which generally consist of the courageously chipper Palin travelling by any means necessary from one set location to another, this one is basically just Palin going to various places that have been associated in one way or another with Ernest Hemingway. As a result, the drama of shows like 'Around the World in 80 Days', 'Full Circle' or 'Pole to Pole' is lacking; Palin simply roams around the world as the course of Hemingway's life takes him.

It becomes clear that the legendarily macho Hemingway is a bit of a hero for the apparently mild-mannered Palin, which at first seems surprising, but when you consider some of the more manic turns Palin produced as a member of the Python team (such as the neurotic barber who dreamed of being a tough and manly albeit transvestite lumberjack, or the various savage impersonations he did of a repressed accountant) it becomes more understandable. Moreover, Palin went on to write a novel, 'Hemingway's Chair', about a suburban English middle-class guy who develops an ultimately suicidal identification with Hemingway. Clearly, Palin is not free from demons.

However, this show also falls down in its persistent refusal to take those demons seriously. The tone throughout is one of constant mild silliness, which starts out being amusing but which, when you realise it's to disguise the lack of real content, soon becomes annoying. The only moments of real interest are where Palin's more-than-geekish enthusiasm for and knowledge of Hemingway become apparent, and these moments don't happen often. It's as if the programme-makers were embarrassed by how passionate Palin is (or was) about Hemingway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice on 2 Mar. 2015
"Hemingway Adventure" was Michael Palin's fourth adventure and in my opinion it is his weakest. The reason why is because some scenes seemed to be badly acted out, such as the scene when Palin is kicked out of a bar in America and the scene in Cuba where Michael tries to interview Fidel Castro. I found the comedy scenes to be unfunny at times and I just didn't see the point of it, because his other three series were nothing like this. Also another problem with "Hemingway Adventure" is that it wasn't as exciting as his other series, because there were no time limits and Palin wasn't starting at one destination to another. But overall the series is interesting to watch and Michael Palin is a delight to listen to as always. But the series would have been a lot better if it wasn't for the silly comedy elements and luckilly his next series "Sahara" and "Himalaya" were nothing like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs S.J. Dixon on 13 May 2013
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Not sure if Michael Palin really liked Hemingway after making this programme - but I found it interesting learning more about one of the first author's writing I really connected with.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2009
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If you liked Michael Palin's other adventures, this is another sure fire winner. Very enjoyable.
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From the clever opening credits where Palin's head is superimposed onto people standing beside Hemingway, you can tell that this series will be more comic than Palin's other series. I loved it, especially the episode in Venice where Palin resurrects his Gumby character sailing on a canal.
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Great to use when you teach English abroad. Pupils had to watch the dvd episode one (without subtitles) and then answer questions about it. Good for 14-15 year old pupils.
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