For the lovers of 1920’s literature, the dreamer, the romantic and anyone who just happens to adore Paris…
Granted, this is no Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but any opportunity to slip through time and escape to an era where one can mingle with the Fitzgerald’s, talk literature with Hemmingway and roam the streets of Paris during the roaring twenties isn’t one I’ll ever miss.
Dialogue and Quotes
Ernest Hemmingway to Gill Pender on Writing 26:34 into the film
Hemmingway: What are you writing?
Pender: A novel.
Hemmingway: About what?
Pender: It’s about a man who works in a nostalgia shop.
Hemmingway: What the hell is a nostalgia shop?
Pender: A place where they sell old things, memorabilia and….does that sound terrible?
Hemmingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.
Hemmingway to Pender on making love and fearing death 34 minutes into film
Pender: Were you scared?
Hemmingway: Of what?
Pender: Getting killed.
Hemmingway: You’ll never write well if you fear dying. Do you?
Pender: Yeah I do…I’d say it’s probably, maybe my greatest fear actually.
Hemmingway: Well it’s something all men before you have done, all men will do.
Pender: I know, I know –
Hemmingway: Have you ever made love to a truly great woman?
Pender: Actually my fiance is pretty sexy…
Hemmingway: And when you make love to her you feel true and beautiful passion and you for at least that moment lose your fear of death?
Pender: No, that doesn’t happen.
Hemmingway: I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing and when the man that is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino hunters I know, or Belmonte who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds, until it returns, as it does, to all men and then you must make really good love again….Think about it.
Gertrude Stein to Pender on the Artist 101:51 into the film
Gertrude Stein: We all fear death and question our place in the universe, the artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence
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