Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" was a classic when literature as a medium still dominated. That same tradition produced F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Now, only vestiges of that tradition survive in establishment institutions like The New York Times Sunday book reviews. We thought it cute that on "The Sopranos" Carmela Soprano was part of a book club. So, we wonder if Andy Garcia's plan to make the film "Hemingway & Fuentes," derived from that classic, can make it big.
Millennials who are my clients took one humanities class in college. None knew who Jay Gatsby was or cared. And they didn't see the most recent movie adaptation of the book. So, will the audiences for "Hemingway & Fuentes" be restricted to us Baby Boomers who were assigned Hemingway in college and the few supporters of a literary tradition? Here is the New York Post coverage of Garcia's vision.
I wouldn't take bets on how the movie will fare commercially. Who would have thought that a British-made primetime soap about aristocrats in decline would become iconic in America? Yet, "Downton Abbey" is as embedded in Americana as "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Breaking Bad." So many of us took the quizz online to find out which character we most resembled. Tonight is the two-hour season finale. We wonder if Mr. Bates did indeed off Mr. Green and if Lady Edith will drop the bomb on the family that she is pregnant.