Ken Burns’s latest documentary, premiering Monday on PBS, traces the complicated connections between the person, the persona and the stories
By James Poniewozik, Published April 2, 2021, Updated April 3, 2021, 12:16 a.m.
Hemingway, NYT Critic’s Pick
One of the more unsettling moments in “Hemingway,” the latest documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, finds Ernest Hemingway, big-game hunter, chronicler of violence and seeker of danger, doing one thing that terrified him: speaking on television.
It is 1954, and the author, who survived airplane crashes (plural) earlier that year in Africa, had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He agreed to an interview with NBC on the condition that he receive the questions in advance and read his answers from cue cards.