UPDATED on April 11, 2021
Where and How to Watch Hemingway on PBS without cable
Hemingway, the latest PBS documentary series from Ken Burns, is sure to stir up some new dialogue about the famous author.
The three-part, six-hour film tackles Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.
Known for both novels and short stories, Hemingway led a complicated life.
Ambition, bravado and hyper-masculine posturing were at the forefront of Hemingway’s reputation.
But Burns and filmmaker Lynn Novick, who spent six years on the project, discovered a more nuanced portrait of the author that is rarely talked about, including “Hemingway’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time,” according to a press release about the series.
The filmmakers sat down with Hemingway’s son, Patrick, for extended interviews, and were granted access to a trove of Hemingway’s manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
What channel is Hemingway on?
The three-part series Hemingway debuted on April 5 on PBS and ran until April 7. Some PBS stations around the U.S. are continuing to air the series so check your local listings. The best way for cord-cutters to watch the series is for free using a TV antenna.
But if you’re not in range of local broadcast towers, you can stream Hemingway for free as well. The series will be available to stream on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel on April 5 as well. A subscription costs $3.99 per month after you sign up for a free 7-day trial.
When the PBS Documentaries channel debuted on Prime Video, the entire Ken Burns catalog of documentaries were added, including The Civil War, Country Music and Vietnam.
The PBS app should also have Hemingway for a limited time, even if you’re not a subscriber to PBS Passport.
(Note: You need to be an Amazon Prime member to subscribe to a Prime Video Channel. But you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime if you’re not already a member.)
What else you should know: Hemingway in 4K
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be streaming a special 4K Ultra High-Definition version of the program about a week after the series premiere beginning Sunday, April 11.
The series was narrated by long-time collaborator Peter Coyote. Burns and his team used a number of well-known actors to bring the voice of Hemingway and his four wives to life.
Jeff Daniels voices letters from Hemingway.
Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson all voice letters from Hemingway’s four wives. PBS says the series reveals Hemingway at his most vulnerable, grappling at times with insecurity, anxiety, and existential loneliness.
The filmmakers explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most notable works of fiction, in novels such as, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
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