Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro(1952). film based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film version of the short story was directed by Henry King, and starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Susan Hayward.

Harry Street, on safari in Africa with his second wife Helen, when a cut on his leg becomes infected and he becomes very ill. While waiting in camp for help to arrive camp, Harry, never has hidden his contempt for his wife Helen's money. Reminiscing about the past, Harry tells Helen about his first love, but his uncle, knowing that Harry wants to become a writer, thinks it best to end the relationship. Back in the present, Harry insults Helen and to get away from him she goes hunting. While she is gone, Harry falls into a deep sleep and dreams of how he met the love of his life Cynthia.

Harry living a bohemian life in Paris, meets Cynthia, in a jazz club and immediately falls in love with her. Soon, the couple are married, and after Harry's first novel is published, he fulfills his lifelong dream of going on a hunting safari in Africa. On the evening that Harry kills his first rhino, Cynthia confides in their friend Johnson, that she is pregnant. Cynthia decides not to tell Harry about her condition. Cynthia deliberately falls down a flight of stairs and she looses the baby. Although, Cynthia tells Harry that the fall was an accident, guilt and blame ruins their relationship. In Madrid, Cynthia, torn between her love for Harry and her feelings that he resents her, leaves him for a flamenco dancer. Harry is soon taken over by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Cynthia is never out of his thoughts.

Back in Africa, the feverish Harry awakens from his dreams while Helen listens to his rantings and tries to fight his illness until help arrives.. Will he give Helen chance for love and happiness?

Growing up I never gave The Snows of Kilimanjaro a chance. Now it is one of my favorite movies and my favorite Hemingway story.

Fun Fact:

Gene Tierney and Anne Francis were considered for the Ava Gardner role.

Ernest Hemingway.

Timeless Hemingway, websight.

Writer and journalist who had written seven novels, six collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction published, with a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction autobiographical works published after his death. Hemingway had an enormous influence on 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure. Winning the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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