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Hemingway Days | Adaptations in the Stream: Hollywood’s Three Tries at Filming To Have and Have Not By Kirk Curnutt

21-July from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Adaptations in the Stream: Hollywood’s Three Tries at Filming To Have and Have Not

Between 1944 and 1958 Hollywood produced three separate versions of Ernest Hemingway’s 1937 Key West and Cuba novel, To Have and Have Not. Despite the collective efforts of Howard Hawks, William Faulkner, Bogart and Bacall, Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, John Garfield, future Dirty Harry filmmaker Don Siegel, and Audie Murphy, none of the trio has aged well. This presentation explores how To Have and Have Not (1944), The Breaking Point (1950), and The Gun Runners (1958) alternately rely upon and depart from their source material, demonstrating the immense challenges of capturing what’s great about both Hemingway and Cayo Hueso on the silver screen.

About the Presenter:

Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University in Alabama. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society and the author of a number of books on Hemingway, including, most significantly, Reading Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not (2017), the only full-length study of Hemingway’s only novel set in Key West. Most recently, he co-edited The New Hemingway Studies with Suzanne del Gizzo and is currently working on a project on the film adaptations of To Have and Have Not.

Sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs