A Farewell To Arms

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Poetic and swoony adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel. plays a (very tall) American soldier who falls in love with (very short) kindly nurse .  The two of them have to avoid being seen by their superiors or else she will be sent away, but the real challenge comes when he has to survive the war long enough to come back to her. It’s an enjoyable and mature romantic drama that still packs quite a punch after all these years. Hayes, in one of her few film appearances before she became the first lady of American theatre, gives a frank and intelligent performance (as opposed to insipid and dewy, which is probably why she didn’t get too popular with audiences at the time), and Cooper radiates a sexy intelligence that was very rare in his early career.


USA, 1932

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the play by , from the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Benjamin Glazer

Music by , , , , , ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


Academy Awards
Best Cinematography (Charles Bryant Lang, Jr.)
Best Sound Recording (Paramount Studio Sound Department, Franklin B. Hansen, sound director)

Nominations
Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson)
Outstanding Production (Paramount)

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