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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

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As writer Harry Street lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street's thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives. Her devotion to him makes him finally realize that he is not a failure. With his realization of a chance for love and happiness with Helen, he regains his will to live. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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His Adventures . . . Like His Loves . . . Were Great and Exciting !


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18 December 1952 (Australia)  »

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Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro  »

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Ernest Hemingway disliked the film because he thought it cannibalized material from his other work to pad the story. He told friend Ava Gardner that the only things he liked about it were her and the hyena. It has been reported, but not confirmed, that director Henry King mimicked the hyena on the soundtrack. See more »

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At the restaurant in Spain, prior to when Harry leaves Cynthia at the table, he puts his left hand on her left arm in the long shot. In the closer shot, he is seen to take his right hand off her left arm as he stands up. See more »

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Johnson: Why is it everyone who comes to Africa has to write a book about it? One silly beggar even dedicated his to me! Never came back or I'd have shot him in the pants!
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Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
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Hemingway's life and lovers , being well incarnated by Gregory Peck
18 May 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

A successful writer (Peck) lies dying on the Kilimanjaro's skirts and remembers his past life and women through of severed flashbacks set in Paris (Montparnasse) , Spain (during civil war) and Africa (Kenya Kilimanjaro) . Peck's relationship with various lovers (Ava Gardner , Hildegard Nef , Susan Hayward) are the spotlights of the movie , while in a safari tent he is awaiting medical attention to save his gangrenous body and caring him Susan Hayward .

It's a Ernest Hemingway's autobiography based on short tales , specially in two novels : ¨Fiesta¨ and ¨Farewell to the arms¨, the film creates a pastiche where is reflected the author's life . The main story about Africa makes an original structure that emerges other stories . The motion picture has spectacular sets and wonderful outdoors although there are some stock-shot from Africa . The warlike scenario is good , it's very well shot the Spanish civil war , we don't know if it's the battle of Guadalajara , Madrid , Teruel o Ebro , but sure that is referred to anyone those terrible warfare . The picture has a little bit boring and is slow moving in spite of different scenarios , thus it is developed in Africa , Spain , France and other European countries . Nice acting by Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner is attractive and enjoyable . Gregory Peck resisted taking the role because an earlier Ernest Hemingway adaptation he had appeared in, The Macomber affair (1947) had been a box-office flop . Leom Shamroy's cinematography is stylized and colorful , as is brilliantly showed in African landscapes and the episode of bullfights spectacle . The classic composer Bernard Hermann makes a romantic and agreeable musical score . The movie will appeal to romantic drama enthusiast and Gregory Peck , Ava Gardner fans.


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