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A Farewell to Arms

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Farewell to Arms is the second film version of Ernest Hemingway's World War One novel--and also the last film produced by David O. Selznick Gone with the Wind. Rock Hudson plays an American serving in the Italian Army during the "War to End All Wars." Jennifer Jones is his lover, a Red cross nurse. They have a torrid affair, which results in Jones' pregnancy. As the months pass, Hudson and Jones lose contact with one another, and Jones believes that Hudson has forgotten her. But a battle-weary Hudson finally ...
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Overview

Farewell to Arms is the second film version of Ernest Hemingway's World War One novel--and also the last film produced by David O. Selznick Gone with the Wind. Rock Hudson plays an American serving in the Italian Army during the "War to End All Wars." Jennifer Jones is his lover, a Red cross nurse. They have a torrid affair, which results in Jones' pregnancy. As the months pass, Hudson and Jones lose contact with one another, and Jones believes that Hudson has forgotten her. But a battle-weary Hudson finally makes it to Switzerland, where Jones is hospitalized. The baby is stillborn, and Jones dies shortly afterward, murmuring that her death is "a dirty trick." Filmed on a simpler scale in 1932 with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes starring, A Farewell to Arms was blown all out of proportion to "epic" stature for the 1957 remake--so much so that its original director, John Huston, quit the film in disgust. Still, the basic love story is touchingly enacted by Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 024543172871
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,206

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Lt. Frederick Henry
Jennifer Jones Nurse Catherine Barkley
Vittorio De Sica Maj. Alessandro Rinaldi
Alberto Sordi Father Galli
Kurt Kasznar Bonello
Mercedes McCambridge Miss Van Campen
Oscar Homolka Dr. Emerich
Elaine Stritch Helen Ferguson
Leopoldo Trieste Passini
Franco Interlenghi Aymo
José Nieto Major Stampi
Georges Brehat Capt. Bassi
Memmo Carotenuto Nino
Guido Martufi Boy Scout
Umberto Spadaro Barber
Umberto Sacripante Ambulance Driver
Victor Francen Col. Valentini
Joan Shawlee Nurse
Carlo Pedersoli Carabiniere
Patrick Crean Medical Lieutenant
Guidarino Guidi Civilian Doctor
Diana King Hospital Receptionist
Eduard Linkers Lt. Zimmerman
Johanna Hofer Mrs. Zimmerman
Angelo Galassi Firing Squad Commander
Carlo Hintermann First Diner
Tiberio Mitri Diner
Peter Illing Milan Hotel Clerk
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Eva Kotthaus Delivery Room Nurse
Sam Levene Swiss Sergeant
Clelia Matania Hair Dresser
Gisella Matthews Nurse in Catherine's Room
Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Charles Vidor Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
John M. Foley Editor
Mario Garbuglia Art Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Piero Portalupe Cinematographer
David O. Selznick Producer
Gerard J. Wilson Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [3:07]
2. Back From Leave [8:03]
3. Miss Barkley [4:01]
4. Afraid of the Rain [1:21]
5. Off to Battle [8:57]
6. Wounded [5:17]
7. Peaceful Rivers [4:18]
8. Milan Mishaps [4:41]
9. Crazy in Love [2:42]
10. Doctor Visit [3:47]
11. Marriage Proposal [2:41]
12. Convalescence [4:03]
13. Last Night Together [4:27]
14. Return to Duty [1:42]
15. Division Orders [3:56]
16. Retreat [7:53]
17. Traitor [2:27]
18. A Separate Peace [6:23]
19. Rowing to Safety [1:46]
20. Graft [1:41]
21. Idyllic Interlude [3:07]
22. Having a Baby [3:57]
23. In the End [4:52]
24. Don't Let Her Die [3:36]
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      Language and Audio: English 3.0
      Language and Audio: French Mono
      Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Movietone News
         "A Farewell to Arms" Hollywood Premiere New Year Sensation
         Photoplay Magazine Awards
         Meg at the Premiere of "A Farewell to Arms"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    a good read especially for AP english students

    Ernest Hemingway's classic novel "A Farewell to Arms" published in 1929 depicts the story of a young American, Lt. Henry, serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army during World War I. It recounts his tale as he of serves under dangerous circumstances, being wounded on the front line, and falling in love with a young assistant nurse, Catherine. Having started their relationship prior to his injuries, the Lieutenant and Catherine become increasingly close as the Lieutenant recovers in a hospital in Milan. When he is well he is sent back to the front line right as the Italian army is retreating. The story gives an in depth view of what the life for a soldier serving at that time. Military procedure was much less strict, however, in some cases superior officers could take much more liberty in how they delivering what punishment they saw fit. At the same time it presents two major themes: that war is chaotic and futile and that love is a powerful driving force in the life of men. The tone and structure in which Hemingway presents this novel may be difficult to follow for those who are not familiar with it. It would also be helpful for someone to know something about the political and social conditions of the time as well as some of differences in how people spoke as these differences are used quite a lot in this book. I would give a word of caution that this book is not for light reading and it is probably best that the reader be at least a sophomore in high school before reading it. Overall this is a fairly good book and I would recommend taking the time to read it especially if that person is taking an AP English course

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