CINEMA: LOST LOVERS

A HEMINGWAY BIOPIC WITH NOT ENOUGH KICK

In Italy in 1918, in a relatively quiet corner of World War I, a 19-year-old American ambulance driver is wounded. In the hospital he falls in love with a pretty nurse. They have a brief affair, which she ends rather abruptly with a Dear John letter.

A fairly standard-issue wartime liaison, in short, of no consequence to anyone but its participants--except that it really happened to Ernest Hemingway. And he transformed it (and the rest of his Italian experiences) into some of his most memorable and poignant fiction. Drawing in part on a recently discovered diary of his inamorata, Agnes Von...

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