In this April 24, 2014 photo, actor Joely Richardson sits down to have her makeup applied during the shooting of the movie "Papa" in Havana Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/Yesica Fish)
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An international film crew in recent weeks has been re-enacting this and other historic scenes in the streets of Havana for "Papa," a biopic about the budding friendship between Hemingway and the reporter in the turbulent Cuba of the 1950s.Due to decades of ill will between the two countries and Washington's 52-year-long embargo, other movies ostensibly set here, such as "The Godfather Part II" and 1990's "Havana," were filmed in stand-in locations like the Dominican Republic.Hemingway is portrayed by theater and screen veteran Adrian Sparks.While working for the Miami Herald in the 1950s, Petitclerc wrote a letter to Hemingway professing his admiration.Petitclerc went on to a long career as a journalist and writer of books, TV shows and movies, including the screenplay for "Islands in the Stream," based on the Hemingway novel of the same name.Hemingway lived in Cuba from 1939 to 1960 and wrote much of "The Old Man and the Sea" and other works here, and islanders claim him as much as Americans do.The two countries' mutual affection for Hemingway is among the few things they agree on.
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