Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 film based on the Hemingway novel by the same name. The movie stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. It was directed by Frank Borzage.

Internet Archive has it online:

Slant Magazine says that Hemingway
was grandly contemptuous of Frank Borzage's version of Farewell to Arms, but time has been kind to the film. It launders out the writer's "I love you, you're good and plain and clean, but we're all going to die"-style pessimism and replaces it with a testament to the eternal love between a couple. This was Borzage's lifelong theme

The New York Times review begins with this:
Bravely as it is produced for the most part, there is too much sentiment and not enough strength in the pictorial conception of Ernest Hemingway's novel

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