Hemingway & Gellhorn

Posted on 07. Nov, 2015 by in Live Action Cat Films

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0041KKZIM” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51gSKVvHDqL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]Several cats are a constant presence on the Hemingway Estate as shown in the movie [easyazon-link asin=”B0041KKZIM” locale=”us”]Hemingway & Gellhorn[/easyazon-link], after journalist Martha Gellhorn and novelist Ernest Hemingway move in together and spend time living there. Though they were not shown clearly enough or long enough for me to determine whether the cats shown in the movie were polydactyl felines like the ones for which the Hemingway Estate is now famous for harboring, (perhaps it was the quality of resolution on the DVD), one or more cats are shown in proximity to both Hemingway and to Gellhorn, when they are writing, and when they are engaged in other activities, at this location. Indeed, one would think that cats are part of the landscape here. As if to drive home this point, loud meowing is dubbed in whenever two or more cats appear during the scenes at Hemingway house. At one point, a large orange cat shares the table with Gellhorn while she is attempting to type and telephone. Due to the distraction of the cat meowing while she was on the telephone, after her phone conversation is over, frustrated by a conversation with her editor which did not yield a hoped-for writing assignment, like the cats which surrounded her, Gellhorn took out her displaced aggression on those felines in immediate proximity: the two cats who happened to be nearest, and living reminders of the situation of feline overpopulation. She grabbed them, and carried them away. It is revealed in the next scene that she had some (but as history would later show, not all) of the cats on the estate neutered. (Many of the cats currently living on the estate today are spayed or neutered.) The cat castration becomes a marital fight topic when it is discussed with Hemingway, who apparently didn’t seem to mind, as she did, the claim she made that the cats urinated on her clothes, and that both her personal effects and other things on the property smelled of “cat stink”.

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