A Farewell to Arms Reviews
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkgreen]"Morocco" is about a vaudeville performer, Amy Jolly(Marlene Dietrich), who is on her way to colonial Morocco, apparently to get away from someone or something. On the way there, she meets a wealthy businessman(Adolphe Menjou). At her debut performance in Morocco, she wears a tuxedo, flirts with men as well as women and encounters roguish Foreign Legionnaire, Tom Brown(Gary Cooper) in the cheap seats. Brown apparently has a woman at every oasis. "Morocco" is an enjoyable film about finding love in the least likeliest places.[/color][/font]
It functions on two levels: an epic romance and a powerful anti-war statement.
There isn't anything else to say, this is an absolute masterpiece.
It's an emotional and believable story. One buys the love story, the sadness and the desperation. As stylized as it is, like great poetry, it is sincere and delivers a truth that is undeniable.
Anyways, in regards to this film, it's a good film that encompasses the classic Hollywood film. Unfortunately that leads to some plot holes and heavy handed romanticism. That is not to say that is not enjoyable though as I was pleasantly moved by the final scenes even if they are guilty of overacting. B-
SPOILER ALERT. Unfortunately we know that Catherine's "sin" cannot go unpunished. Could be compared to Romeo and Juliet plot. Everyone seems to conspire against the lovers, especially his Captain and her so-called "friend" Fergie. I wondered why Catherine had such an unsupportive friend. Her character is far too passive to be an admirable heroine.
The whole movie is very well set up from the beginning, when the pregnant nurse is sent away, Fergie's first words to Frederick bad-mouth men and the Captain's dependency on Lt. Henry for companionship/money is shown. For modern audiences, ending is too long delayed, after Frederick deserts and why he isn't allowed to visit his dying "wife" is unfathomable. And Wagner playing as Catherine dies is just too over-the-top!