Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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Director: Frank Borzage

Cast: Frank Borzage, Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

     
 

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One of Frank Borzage's most acclaimed early talkies, A Farewell To Arms has also been one of the renowned director's most difficult movies to see properly, mostly because of its public domain status. But coupled with the fact that it stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes (not to mention Adolphe Menjou), it has attracted numerous unauthorized editions over the years

Overview

One of Frank Borzage's most acclaimed early talkies, A Farewell To Arms has also been one of the renowned director's most difficult movies to see properly, mostly because of its public domain status. But coupled with the fact that it stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes (not to mention Adolphe Menjou), it has attracted numerous unauthorized editions over the years -- so many poor quality dubs have circulated on VHS tape and DVD, that the movie's reputation has suffered. This Image Entertainment release, mastered from a nitrate print found in the possession of the Selznick estate, should go some way toward restoring the movie's reputation. Not that it is perfect -- there are still places where the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image is a little dark, or scratched, or grainy -- but those problems are nowhere near as severe as they are on other presentations of the movie, and the sound is also a serious improvement over other editions. The movie has been given a generous 16 chapters, and is presented here in its seldom seen uncut edition -- long believed to be lost -- which restores the original ending, and credits, and makes this disc doubly worth picking up.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although the ending was altered, this A Farewell to Arms is one of the best cinematic adaptations of an Ernest Hemingway work. True, the film doesn't quite capture the unique Hemingway voice and style, but it does have some of his flavor; more importantly, it translates the story into "Hollywood" terms that make it more cinematically appealing. If the film lacks the depth of the novel, it still packs an emotional wallop. Certainly a great deal of the credit must go to stars Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper, who make an odd physical pair but who have a genuine, affecting chemistry. Hayes is radiant in one of her finest screen performances, playing suffering, nobility, and heartbreak in an outsized style that still rings true. Cooper utilizes his considerable charm to good effect, helped by his truly impressive good looks; while he's not as comfortable as Hayes with some of the heightened emotion, he still pulls it off. Director Frank Borzage skillfully blends the romance with the war-themed story, creating both impressive battle vistas and intimate, softly lit duets -- all with the inestimable help of cinematographer Charles B. Lang. Modern audiences will undoubtedly find portions of the film (and its style) dated and over the top, but those willing to meet it on its own terms will be rewarded.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0014381277623
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Lt. Frederick Henry
Helen Hayes Catherine Barkley
Adolphe Menjou Maj. Rinaldi
Mary Philips Helen Ferguson
Mary Phillips Actor
Jack LaRue The Priest
Henry Armetta Bonello
George Humbert Piani
Fred Malatesta Manera
Mary Forbes Miss Van Campen
Tom Ricketts Count Greffi
Gilbert Emery British Major
Alice Adair Cafe Girl
Agostino Borgato Giulio
Blanche Frederici Head Nurse
Paul Porcasi Inn Keeper

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward A. Blatt Associate Producer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
Benjamin Glazer Screenwriter
Charles Griffin Consultant/advisor
Herman Hand Score Composer
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Arthur Jacobson Asst. Director
Bernhard Kaun Score Composer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
John Leipold Score Composer
John Leipold Score Composer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Otho Lovering Editor
Paul Marquardt Score Composer
Ralph Rainger Score Composer
Ernest Hemingway Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [5:37]
2. Major Rinaldi [2:00]
3. The Arch [5:00]
4. Catherine and Frederick [9:01]
5. Friendly Advice [5:01]
6. Saint Anthony [2:29]
7. Direct Hit [4:52]
8. The Return [2:59]
9. The Wedding Night [10:21]
10. Back to War [9:25]
11. Return to Sender [4:44]
12. Casualties of War [6:12]
13. The Truth About Catherine [9:52]
14. The Waiting Room [3:52]
15. A Brave Girl [6:44]
16. End Credits [:42]

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A Farewell to Arms 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. What happened to this movie? It was terrible! Not only did it have NONE of the messages or themes the book has, but its actors do not act well at all. Do not watch it. It's a waste of time, and the event from the books are completely our of order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is all about a beautiful but doomed relationship between a British nurse, played by the radiant Helen Hayes and an American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper). The film may seem somewhat dated, but it really helps to build the WW1 atmosphere. Features superb performances from its lead actors and a sad ending. Also stars Adolphe Menjou.