The Book and the Movie: To Have and Have Not / Ernest Hemingway (1937) | Howard Hawks (1944)



To Have and Have Not is based on an unsuccessful Hemingway novel – and one drunken afternoon in Florida, Hemingway had said to Hawks, “I bet you can’t make a movie from my worst novel!” Hawks, always a gambler, said, “You’re on.”
The only film to date based on a novel by a Nobel Prize-winning author (Ernest Hemingway) to have its screenplay co-written by another Nobel Prize-winning author (William Faulkner).


...Εκεί έξω, στ'  ανοιχτά του κόλπου, έχεις μπόλικο καιρό στη διάθεση σου. Κι εγώ σκέφτομαι συνέχεια. Πρέπει να σκέφτομαι συνέχεια, μα και σωστά. Δεν επιτρέπεται να κάνω λάθος. Ούτε ένα. Ούτε μία φορά. Τώρα, λοιπόν, έχω κάτι να σκέφτομαι. Μάλιστα. Κάτι να κάνω και κάτι να σκέφτομαι, πέρα από το ν' αναρωτιέμαι τι διάολο θα γίνει μετά. Πέρα από το ν΄αναρωτιέμαι πού διάολο θα  καταλήξουν όλα αυτά...

«Ένας άντρας μόνος του δεν τα βγάζει πέρα. Μόνος του δεν μπορεί....Ό,τι και να κάνει, ένας άντρας μόνος του δεν έχει καμιά γαμημένη ελπίδα»

...Πίσω από το θόρυβο των μηχανών και το δυνατό χτύπημα του καϊκιού μέσα στο νερό άκουγε ένα παράξενο, υπόκωφο τραγούδισμα μέσα στην καρδιά του. Έτσι ένιωθε κάθε φορά που γύριζε σπίτι μετά από ένα ταξίδι. Ελπίζω να το γιατρέψουν το χέρι μου, σκέφτηκε. Έχω πολλά να κάνω μ' αυτό... «Στο διάολο το χέρι μου! Ένα χέρι είναι ένα χέρι. Υπάρχουν χειρότερα πράγματα από το να χάσεις το χέρι σου. Έχεις δυο χέρια και δυο από τ' άλλα. Ο άντρας είναι άντρας και με ένα χέρι, ακόμα και με ένα από τ΄άλλα. Δεν πάει στο διάολο!»...

Ernest Hemingway, Να έχεις και να μην έχεις, 1937
Μετάφραση: Σταύρος Παπασταύρου


"I was so sentimental about you I'd break any one's heart for you. My, I was a damned fool. I broke my own heart, too. It's broken and gone. Everything I believe in and everything I cared about I left for you because you were so wonderful and you loved me so much that love was all that mattered. Love was the greatest thing, wasn't it? Love was what we had that no one else had or could ever have? And you were a genius and I was your whole life. I was your partner and your little black flower. Slop. Love is just another dirty lie. ... Love is that dirty aborting horror that you took me to. Love is my insides all messed up. ... To hell with love. Love is you making me happy and then going off to sleep with your mouth open while I lie awake all night afraid to say my prayers even because I know I have no right to any more. Love is all the dirty little tricks you taught me that you probably got out of some book. All right. I'm through with you and I'm through with love."


Ernest Hemingway, To Have and Have Not

“Don’t be so tough so early in the morning. I’m sure you’ve cut plenty people’s throats. I haven’t even had my coffee yet.”


Am I Blue? - Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall - How little we know  



Lauren Bacall made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4. By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village. As a teenage fashion model she appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

The Harper’s Bazaar, March 1943 cover caught the attention of Hollywood producer and director Howard Hawks’ wife Slim, who urged Hawks to have Bacall take a screen test for To Have and Have Not. Hawks asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent Bacall a ticket to come to Hollywood for the audition.

At Hawks’ suggestion, Bacall was also trained to make her voice lower and deeper, as she naturally had a high-pitched, nasal voice. Hawks had her, under the tutelage of a voice coach, lower the pitch of her voice. As part of her training, she was required to shout verses of Shakespeare for hours every day.


To Have and Have Not (1944)
Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall



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