My Old Addiction

For Whom The Bell Tolls


(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 Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Katina Paxino as “Pilar”)

Best Actor (Gary Cooper as “Robert Jordan”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Akim Tamiroff as “Pablo”)
Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman as “Maria”)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Ray Rennahan)
Best Film Editing (Sherman Todd, John Link)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Victor Young)
Outstanding Motion Picture (Paramount)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff)
Best Supporting Actress (Katina Paxinou)



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