Virginian-Pilot movie critic Mal Vincent hosts the Ernest Hemingway-Ava Gardner Film Festival.
She called him Papa. He called her daughter. In turn, the world called Ernest Hemingway the most colorful and adventurous writer of the past century. Ava Gardner, the green-eyed farmer's daughter from North Carolina, was hailed as the most beautiful woman in the golden age of film and a liberated woman before her time. Once a Hampton Roads high school student, she became the symbol of the first jet-set generation and the expatriate American. She starred in three films based on Hemingway works and was the author's favorite actress. He called her "my kind of woman" and claimed she was "the only woman who could out drink me." She visited his home in Cuba and remained a friend of both he and his wives for three decades, appearing in "The Killers,'' "Snows of Kilimanjaro'' and "The Sun Also Rises,'' based on his writings. They met in Spain and frequented the bull fights. When he committed suicide, legend has it that a jar containing her gallstones were on his desk.
They both hated Hollywood, yet were Hollywood legends - unlikely critics of the very films that bore their names..
Whenever not on assignment, Vincent will host post-screening discussions. Special guests are planned, with the participation of the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, N. C
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO... July 11
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT... July 25>br />
SHOWBOAT... Aug 1
ON THE BEACH... Aug 8
THE KILLERS... Aug 15
NIGHT OF THE IGUANA... AUG 22