A Farewell to Arms (1932)
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as Lt. Frederic Henry
as Catherine Barkley
as Helen Ferguson
as The Priest
as Head Nurse
as Miss Van Campen
as Count Greffi
as British Major
as Inn Keeper
as Cafe Girl
as The Priest
Critic Reviews for A Farewell to Arms
A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern.
Borzage effaces his leading man completely - what must Hemingway have thought? - the better to conflate passion and passivity, and you're borne right along.
Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads.
Cooper was never more handsome, and the chemistry between him and Hayes glows from the screen.
Great tragic romance about soldier and nurse in World War I is still a landmark film.
Audience Reviews for A Farewell to Arms
Very long and very melodramatic! Good actors and a realistic story, but it was too melodramatic for my taste.
Creaky antique with mismatched stars is interesting in how much more openly the couples sexual relationship is portrayed than it would have been just a few years later when the production code had gone into effect. Otherwise it isn't anything to go out of your way to watch.
it's a '30's HOLLYWOOD movie, not the hemingway book, so first get over your lit pretensions. if you can manage that small grace, then this is a quiet and precious film, surprising because it's not cooper that stars, no, but helen hayes who makes every scene she's in resonant, as if she came equipped with her own personal echo chamber. adolphe menjou makes for an smiling and irritating deus ex machina while the coop does his best, the keanu reeves of his day, to simply remain in the work and give life to hemingway's stoic hero.
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