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Edward A. Blatt
Directed by : Frank Borzage
Starring : Helen Hayes ....Catherine Barkley
Gary Cooper..Lt. Frederick Henry
Adolphe Menjou.... Maj. Rinaldi
Mary Philips.. Helen Ferguson (as Mary Phillips)
Writing credits : Ernest Hemingway (Novel)
Ernest Hemingway, lovingly nicknamed Papa, remains one of the most famous American writers of the 20th century. A Farewell to Arms is one of his best works (the others being The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bells Tolls) and was adapted for the screen in 1932 by Oliver Garrett and Benjamin Glazer. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. His passion for adventure and experience as a war correspondent in World War II and the Spanish Civil War are evident in this moving vintage romantic film. A2ZCDS have brought this old Hollywood Classic feature films on DVD.
THE PLOT : "It is love at first sight for Lt. Fredrick Henry (Gary Cooper), an ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during World War I, and Nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes). Their relationship intensifies when Fredrick is hospitalized, and culminates in marriage. Before long, Fredrick is called back to active service; while he is away, Catherine who is pregnant, runs away to Switzerland. When her letters to her husband are returned undelivered, Catherine goes into shock and has little prospects of surviving the night. Will Fredrick reach her in time, or will she die without seeing the only man she ever loved?"
EDITORIAL REVIEW : "Ernest Hemingways sentiments about war are presented in a touching manner in this heartbreaking, classic tale of two people in love at the height of World War I. That Hemingway resented needless bloodshed is quite clear from this timeless narrative. Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes make a fabulous leading couple with their portrayal of a naïve and romantic twosome who swear to be together till death do them apart. Director Frank Borzage has made fabulous use of black and white footage and special effects to create an atmosphere of gloom and despair. It sets the tone for this heartbreaking saga of a couple who had to sacrifice a lot for a purpose they did not endorse - war. Borzages clever use of lights and shadows to express deep emotions and convey subtle messages in this classic feature film is truly laudable. The graphic scenes of action from World War I are eye-catching and realistic. The few romantic moments the couple shares in between their duties dispel the gloom that characterizes a greater part of the story. The movie ends on a rather heartbreaking note with Catherine breathing her last in Fredricks arms. Dont miss this heartrending tale of two lives that met and loved, if only briefly, despite the ravages of the war."
''A2ZCDS has done it again with A Farewell To Arms. I thought I was stuck with re-reading the book to shreds - I certainly dont see this vintage classic being shown in movie-houses these days. Ernest Hemingway should be canonized for his touching story of love in the time of war."
Timothy Hartley, (Fairbanks, ALASKA)
"This one is up there with the best old movies ever made. Gary Cooper goes to the limit in his performance, and only Ernest Borzage could have done such complete justice to one of Hemingways finest works. Absolutely delightful vintage fare"
Customer's Name : Gwendolyn S. Jolie (Mesquite, NEVADA)
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