For Whom The Bell Tolls

BB.5

(out of 5)


This wooden adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel might have seemed like an instant classic when originally released in 1943, but today it’s tedious.  A story about patriots and foreigners joining the fight during the Spanish Civil War, the film boasts a marvelously energetic performance by  as rebellious hero Pilar, but other than that the rest of the cast seems to be sleepwalking.  Ingrid Bergman’s uninspiring performance in the lead is especially disappointing, particularly since Academy voters decided to nominate her for Best Actress in this dull role instead of her brilliantly subtle work in Casablanca.


Paramount Pictures

USA, 1943

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Sam Wood

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1943

Golden Globe Awards 1943

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