A Farewell to Arms (1932 film)

A Farewell to Arms (1932 film)

Infobox Film
name = A Farewell to Arms

image_size = 150px
caption = Original poster
director = Frank Borzage
producer = Edward A. Blatt
Benjamin Glazer
writer = Benjamin Glazer
Oliver H.P. Garrett
narrator =
starring = Gary Cooper
Helen Hayes
music = Milan Roder
cinematography = Charles Lang
editing = Otho Lovering
George Nichols Jr.
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = 8 December 1932
runtime = 85 min.
country =
language = English
budget =
gross =
website =
amg_id = 1:16801
imdb_id = 0022879

"A Farewell to Arms" is a 1932 American drama film directed by Frank Borzage. The screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett and Benjamin Glazer is based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.

Plot synopsis

Set in Europe during World War I, the plot focuses on the tragic romance between Frederick Henry, an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian Army, and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley. Major Rinaldi envies their relationship and has Catherine transferred to Milan. When Frederick is wounded in battle, he finds himself in the hospital where Catherine works. They continue their affair until he returns to battle. Now-pregnant Catherine settles in Switzerland, and when her many letters to Henry remain unanswered because his responses are held up by the censors, she assumes he has abandoned her. As the Armistice nears, Frederick journeys to Switzerland to find Catherine, who dies in childbirth with him at her side.

Principal cast

*Helen Hayes ........ Catherine Barkley
*Gary Cooper ........ Lieutenant Frederic Henry
*Adolphe Menjou .... Major Rinaldi
*Gilbert Emery ...... British Major
*Mary Philips ....... Helen Ferguson

Critical reception

In his review in the "New York Times", Mordaunt Hall said, "There is too much sentiment and not enough strength in the pictorial conception of Ernest Hemingway's novel . . . the film account skips too quickly from one episode to another and the hardships and other experiences of Lieutenant Henry are passed over too abruptly, being suggested rather than told . . . Gary Cooper gives an earnest and splendid portrayal [and] Helen Hayes is admirable as Catherine . . . another clever characterization is contributed by Adolphe Menjou . . . it is unfortunate that these three players, serving the picture so well, do not have the opportunity to figure in more really dramatic interludes." [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9902E0DD1F31E333A2575AC0A9649D946394D6CF "New York Times" review] ]

Dan Callahan of "Slant Magazine" notes, "Hemingway . . . was grandly contemptuous of Frank Borzage's version of "A Farewell to Arms" . . . but time has been kind to the film. It launders out the writer's . . . pessimism and replaces it with a testament to the eternal love between a couple." [ [http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/film_review.asp?ID=2396 "Slant Magazine" review] ]

"Time Out London" calls it "not only the best film version of a Hemingway novel, but also one of the most thrilling visions of the power of sexual love that even Borzage ever made . . . no other director created images like these, using light and movement like brushstrokes, integrating naturalism and a daring expressionism in the same shot. This is romantic melodrama raised to its highest degree." [ [http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/66439/a-farewell-to-arms.html "Time Out London" review] ]

Channel 4 describes it as "an excellent adaptation . . . the two leads are ideal and irresistible here, particularly a reliably sensitive Cooper, who milks his everyman appeal to great effect." [ [http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=103333 Channel 4 review] ]

Awards and nominations

*Academy Award for Best Picture (nominee)
*Academy Award for Best Art Direction (nominee)
*Academy Award for Best Cinematography (winner)
*Academy Award for Sound (winner)


External links

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