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Roadside Picks Up Hemingway's Garden of Eden, Starring Suvari, Huston

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2010 at 8:07AM

A movie based on Ernest Hemingway's second posthumously published novel, The Garden of Eden, will hit theaters on December 10, via Roadside Attractions. Adapted by James Scott Linville from the controversial edit of the unfinished novel (published in 1986), Hemingway's Garden of Eden is directed by John Irvin and stars Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Jack Huston (grandson of director John) as a jazz age couple on their honeymoon in Europe, as the increasingly restless new bride questions and tests her husband's love. Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura also star in the 1920s romance.
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Thompson on Hollywood

A movie based on Ernest Hemingway's second posthumously published novel, The Garden of Eden, will hit theaters on December 10, via Roadside Attractions. Adapted by James Scott Linville from the controversial edit of the unfinished novel (published in 1986), Hemingway's Garden of Eden is directed by John Irvin and stars Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Jack Huston (grandson of director John) as a jazz age couple on their honeymoon in Europe, as the increasingly restless new bride questions and tests her husband's love. Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura also star in the 1920s romance.

Hemingway is "one of a handful of genius writers," states Roadside co-president Howard Cohen, whose writing translates "from the page to the screen brilliantly.” Hemingway's The Garden of Eden is considered his most autobiographical work and a departure from his earlier oeuvre, given its erotic overtones and themes of gender reversal. According to Hemingway biographer James Mellow, the story was inspired by Hemingway's honeymoon with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, following his divorce from Hadley Richardson.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.