Cinema: When Papa Was a Boy

Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man. Time has given Hemingway's life an aura of the magical. Hence this is an enchanted movie in the same way that forests and sleeping beauties and prince charmings in children's storybooks are enchanted. Using ten of the autobiographical Nick Adams tales, including a capsule version of A Farewell to Arms, Scriptwriter A. E. Hotchner and the producer, the late Jerry Wald, have fashioned a reel-life pastiche that bears less resemblance to Hemingway's real life than to his stories.

Yet, purists who rush in to charge esthetic vandalism may...

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