Article on “The Spanish Earth”

December 17, 2010

Stacey Guill, writing in the Hemingway Review, revisits Joris Ivens’ pathbreaking documentary The Spanish Earth:

Ivens acknowledged the “artistic” or creative element to Hemingway’s contributions during this period, recalling that Hemingway helped with “the general strategy of the film. He showed a quick comprehension and understanding of the documentary film . . .”   … Why would Ivens, an experienced and accomplished filmmaker and director, turn to the cinematic novice Hemingway for help in deciding what “the general strategy” of the film would be? … The director may have intuitively understood that they shared many aesthetic similarities …

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