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Aleksandr Petrov and "The Old Man and the Sea" - CinemaDave

Sep. 8th, 2009 09:54 pm Aleksandr Petrov and "The Old Man and the Sea"

**The Old Man and the Sea** is far superior for two reasons, American author Ernest Hemingway and Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov. Produced ten years ago as the first animated film produced on the IMAX screen, **The Old Man and the Sea** garnered an academy award for best animated short subject. The film pays homage to Hemingway’s novella that won the Noble Prize for Literature in 1954.

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Date:September 26th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)

"The Old Man and the Sea"

This sounds like a version Hemingway himself would enjoy. I heard he usually did not like the movie adaptations of his work. Hemingway supposedly felt that Spencer Tracy did not really look the part in "The Old Man and the Sea". It was a good performance but Tracy looked too chubby and too Irish for the role of a poor Cuban fisherman, especially in some of the scenes that used real fishermen at the beginning of the film.
Date:September 26th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)

Re: "The Old Man and the Sea"

Good to see/read you again North Star!

I really liked the George C. Scott/ Claire Bloom Movie, "Islands in the Stream," which seemed to capture the spirit of Hemingway. The film came out and was not much of a hit, especially got iped off the Box office menu when "Star Wars" came to town a few weeks later in1977.
Date:September 26th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)

Re: "The Old Man and the Sea"

Thanks Cinema Dave, and it's fun to chat with you again!

The George C. Scott with Claire Bloom version of "Islands in the Stream" was very well done. Papa was no longer with us by then but my guess is that he'd be more likely to give it a thumbs up over many of the other unsatisfactory to him filmed versions of his work. If it did not do big box office during its initial release perhaps by now it has made up for it on TV and videos, because whenever it is mentioned I find a lot of people are eager to talk about it.

I enjoyed Gregory Peck's performance in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I thought it was close to the character in the Hemingway tale but Peck's character did not die at the end in the movie as he did in the story and I suspect Papa was not amused.

Gregory Peck once again did fine work as the African white hunter Robert Wilson in "The Macomber Affair", which was based on Hemingway's "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber". Robert Preston and Joan Bennett also turned in excellent performances in this film as the wealthy and unhappily married couple guided by Peck's Wilson. I never heard what Hemingway thought of the movie but it is one of my favorite filmed versions of a Hemingway story.

Burt Lancaster's "The Killers" is another one of my favorite Hemingway films.

It must be difficult for a writer to turn his baby over to a filmmaker. Going from one medium to another involves inevitable changes that are often hard for writers to tolerate.