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.
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
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