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Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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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.
Noted by many as the best film version of a Hemingway novel.
The first Hemingway novel made into a Hollywood film is also one of the better ones due to Gary Cooper's star turn and Borzage's stylized helming, even if a happy ending was imposed against the author's wishes and protests.
Cooper and Hays bring Borzage's liking for towering, vulnerable men and tiny, tough women to its visual apotheosis (her head barely reaches his armpit when they walk).
It's not as good as the book, but it succeeds in its own right, which is really all I ask of adaptations.
Read the book
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.
a solid portrayal of one of my favorite novels of all time. much of the most impactful war narrative from the source material was removed, but thats understandable since the love story is the most important part and the film was only 90 minutes. what was included was done well and gary cooper put in a solid performance. good film.
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