Reflections, Refractions and Rejections: Three American Writers and the Celluloid World
Thematic and stylistic study of the relationship between film and literature, exploring the film industry’s influence on the writing of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. Sums up Hemingway’s distaste for Hollywood as a setting in his fiction. Discusses the impact of western and gangster films on the Hemingway code, Hemingway’s use of camera-eye techniques in visual descriptions, and manipulation of point of view. Includes an analysis of Hemingway’s practice of omission, use of flashback, and dialogue compression in cinematic terms. Closes with a discussion of his active involvement in the production of the documentary film The Spanish Earth. Includes commentary on “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” The Torrents of Spring, In Our Time, For Whom the Bell Tolls, To Have and Have Not, and True at First Light.