Reviews

Recent Comments About the Feature Documentary

"GREAT!!! I've just finished watching Young Hemingway: The Path of Paris and I found it informative, entertaining and very well produced. Lots of new, at least to me, points of view. And the contemporary scenes are 'blow you away' beautiful. And even my grandson's hand in Walloon Lake did not end up on the cutting room floor. I hope this new editor of your film brings you accolades from the academics as well as financial success after such a long time in production."

– The Late Ernest Hemingway Mainland
Nephew and namesake of Ernest Hemingway
Owner and occupant of 'Windemere,' the Hemingway Family cottage on Walloon Lake.

"George, I saw the movie last night and found it very well put together and I enjoyed the content. It is refreshing to spend an hour and forty-five minutes celebrating Hemingway’s young life without all the later baggage, and psychological twaddle. It was also nice to hear what so many friends had to say on camera. And my cameo was well presented. I’m amazed that you managed to get something out of our shoot. I had felt ill prepared. Thank you very much for the film. I hope you have great success with it."

– Valerie Danby-Smith Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway's Secretary, wife of Gregory Hemingway

"Your new documentary on Young Hemingway certainly transported me to Hemingway's Michigan - the scenery was beathtaking, the commentary and interviews insightful, and everything came together to make that part of Hemingway's life and work come vividly to life. I thought the whole thing was very well done."

– Prof. Sandra Spanier
General Editor, The Hemingway Letters Project - Pennsylvania State University

"Congratulations on Young Hemingway: The Path to Paris, which I just had the pleasure of watching. You may remember that I had seen an earlier version or two, and this final version is the best of all--thoroughly enjoyable, wonderfully photographed, and nicely paced. Congratulations on your achievement!!!"

– Prof. Donald Daiker
Miami University

"Young Hemingway: The Path to Paris offers a surprisingly fresh take on the physical and emotional territories of the writer's early years. With stunning imagery and expert commentaries from leading scholars, the film will give viewers a new appreciation for the importance of the natural world—both its majesty and its destruction—in the shaping of Hemingway's outlook and his work."

– Steve Paul
Author of Hemingway at Eighteen

"I'd love for my class to see the film. So many great insights and images, and no one else has focused so intensively and tellingly in Michigan, the country of Hemingway's heart. I do like that new title, too: The Path to Paris. That says it all. I recall you wondering a few years ago how in the world you would get Hemingway to Paris in your film. Well, you have now made it clear why his arrival in Paris after his youthful experiences mainly 'up north' in Michigan, but also in Kansas City and Chicago, was immediate and explosive and transformative "

– Prof. Linda Miller Patterson
Pennsylvania State University

"George, we watched Young Hemingway: The Path to Paris last night. Congratulations to you for covering a lot of choice territory. You kept the story moving with variety in selection of intriguing visuals. Great photography! The land! The water!"

– Prof. Joseph Flora
University of North Carolina

"In Young Hemingway - The Path to Paris writer/director George Colburn presents a fascinating portrait of a young writer and the importance of place. This is NOT the story of "Papa Hemingway" that many who are not true aficionados of the writer like to dismiss as a macho pop culture stereotype. Rather, this is the story of a deeply sensitive and adventurous boy who is shaped into a man, and then a true writer - and then a famous writer - by not only the times he lives - which were significant times - but also by the landscapes in which he came of age.....Colburn skillfully manages to answer the question many Hemingway fans and scholars ask: Why did young Ernie Hemingway go to Paris to write about Northern Michigan? This beautiful film will not only provide a satisfying answer but inspire a longing to experience these places for yourself. "