Six Years Ago, Last Summer, Today discussed on Le Batard and Friends - South Beach Sessions


Fall where they may not going to tell you what to say. When i'm sure there'd be parts of this movement like and i'm sure there are so we had to kind of carry. That did you talk to him afterward. Do you know how he felt about the phone. Yes they love the film and they've gotten a ton of great responses from friends and people they know and don't know so the family as far as we know very happy with the film which i think says a lot about them because as you said. It's tough on hemingway. Well you are so exhaustive though and you're trying to be fair and the detail you're clearly you're bending over backwards trying to just tell the story and not be judgmental about it. Has there been a criticism that you have seen. That has been fair. I haven't seen much criticism because you guys you guys. I don't know. I don't wanna say that you're immune to criticism but you tackled subject matter so thoroughly that it is hard to criticize. We'll we welcome criticism. Frankly i always appreciate really thoughtful critiques of our work. Because i learned something and often a writer or critic is looking at something from a different perspective than the way we chose to look at it. I haven't seen too much criticism of hemingway and frankly i expected that there would be more because of his very nature of who he is. He's a white man of privilege who occupies or had occupied a very high position in the fall of literature. And we're in a moment where were questioning and challenging that privilege and that right to be considered a great writer given who was and given his misogyny given the racism of his work and anti semitism. I think i'm not surprised. But i'm i'm glad that we were able to present a portrait of him as nuanced and complicated and doesn't shy away from holding him accountable for these things so that criticism out there but hasn't been as much as i thought it might be. I don't know how long you have to work on something like this year's seems obvious. So how much did the story change with. Just the way. America changed over the last thirty six months. Yeah that's a really hard question because we did start working on this film six years ago and we were well into editing. You're almost done with the film last summer but the questions of me too and systemic racism and reckoning with our history have been around for a while so an hemingway. Scholarship has certainly been engaging these questions for the last generation. So it's impossible to really answer that i'm sure that the moment were and or have been in the last five years effects who interviewed what we asked them what we put him the film what questions we want to know about hemingway why he matters today or does it. We see the world as we are now through the lens of the world. We live in a possible not to. And how do you imagine for the people who have not seen the film and are just listening this with a curiosity. What will you say to them. They will probably find most problematic. Because there's a lot of ground you're covering here object matter it's all very nuance but to the people on have a familiarity with the subject matter would say they're gonna find what to be the most egregious stuff here to say. I have people watching up their own mind. I you know. He's a human being struggling to make sense of the world and he sees a lot of aspects of life. That aren't pretty as he wants to. Put it in the big and the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful and otherwise his work must be true. So i think the most one of the most fascinating is this whole question of nasty levy and how it became kind of a straightjacket for him We haven't talked about this. But you know as scholars have known this for a while..

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