This is a tragedy in three parts. It is hauntingly depressing and seeks to replace Hemingway's mythical life with a revisionist myth -- darker, more absurd.
I recommend that this 6-hour, excruciatingly painful experience be viewed in small segments, so as not to overwhelm you with its disturbing melancholy and despair. I took10 days to review it, often taking side research trips to confirm stated facts and expressed opinions, more often than not finding larger portions of Hemingway's life and story neglected, ignored, or misconstrued.
Although I appreciated many new insights, details, photos, and interviews with those who knew him, I found the selective editing both provocative and unforgivingly and sensationally inhumane.
Many elements of Hemingway's unhappy life are portrayed well, illustrating effectively his loneliness and lifetime struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, and relationships: things that motivated his blunt and poignant writing that revealed the untold stories of his generation.
My disappointment in this documentary comes with its judgmental and scornful devaluation of another human being for some ulterior motives, unclear and with projected tones of intellectual dishonesty.
Without question, the creators of this work skillfully presented their story and evidentiary exhibits in a way designed solely to arrive at the conclusions they desired. However, the real story likely remains their true motives and objectives for making this project, using their selections and interpretations.
This exposé is an example of something we should all fear that anyone might do to our own life or the lives of others whom we hold dear. Perhaps it's focus on the negative elements of a person's life without equal treatment to their contributions that often came with great personal cost or sacrifice unfairly devalues the whole context of any human life. All have flaws; all make mistakes; all face challenges known to only themselves.
Perhaps the most important question to ask about this documentary is Cui bono? (Who stands to benefit?)