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A Farewell To Arms (1932) (Dual Format Edition) [DVD]
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A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Dual Format Edition)
A film by Frank Borzage
Based on the 1929 best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage's 1932 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance is newly restored by Lobster Films, and available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
An impossibly handsome Gary Cooper stars as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war. Through his doctor friend, Rinalidi (Adolphe Manjou), he meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper but can their passion survive the terrible consequences of the war?
A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932, A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen and Harold Lewis).
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Alternative ending (1932, 5 mins): more optimistic ending to the film that was shot for American audiences
- War Scenes in Italy (1915, 1 min): a Topical Budget newsreel item showing crowds gathering in Rome to hear the announcement of Italy's entry in to the war
- Austrian Prisoners in a Concentration Camp (1916, 3 mins): scenes of Austrian prisoner's of war in Italy in 1916
- The Latest Crime of the Sinister Hun (1918, 2 mins): a Topical Budget newsreel item documenting the burial of nurses and wounded soldiers killed in an air raid on British and Canadian hospitals in France
- Frank Borzage Talks to Cecil B. DeMille (1937, 3 mins, audio): an interview segment extracted from the Lux Radio Theater production of A Farewell to Arms
- Fully illustrated booklet featuring full film credits and essays by Geoff Andrew, Adrian Wootton, and Kent Jones
Disc 1: BD25 | 1080 | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
UK | 1932 | Black & White | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | optional audio description track | 85 minutes | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Cert PG (contains mild battle violence, scenes of emotional distress) | Region 2 PAL DVD | Region B Blu-ray
The 1932 version of A Farewell to Arms owes as much to the shimmering house style of Paramount Pictures as it does the novel by Ernest Hemingway. If Hemingway purists can get past the romanticising of the book, however, this film offers its own glossy appeal. On the Italian front in World War I an American ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) falls in love with a nurse (Helen Hayes). Cooper was a Hemingway friend in real life, and later played the hero of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls; his boyish simplicity is just right for director Frank Borzage's heartfelt approach. The Oscar-winning cinematography of ace cameraman Charles Lang is the kind of lush black and white that can capture the glow from a cigarette as it plays across Cooper's darkened face--a breathtaking touch. The jaded battle scenes show the influence of the hit film version of All Quiet on the Western Front, especially in a gripping montage depicting Cooper's progress alone through the war zone. Hemingway would have none of it, of course; he once disdainfully wrote that "in the first picture version Lt. Henry deserted because he didn't get any mail and then the whole Italian Army went along, it seems, to keep him company". This is first and foremost a love story, however, and as such it succeeds beautifully, right through to the remarkably intense ending. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The film, about a love affair during World War 1, between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse, won two Academy Awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Sound; it was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Art Direction.
The film is now in the public domain, because United Artists did not renew its copyright in 1960. So why is it over £18?
Frederic Henry (Gary Cooper) is an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army. He delivers some wounded soldiers to a hospital, where he meets an Italian friend, Major Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou), who is a doctor. During a bombing raid, Frederic and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) take shelter together, though Frederick is drunk and fails to impress.
Rinaldi takes Frederic on a double date with two nurses, Catherine and her friend Helen Ferguson (Mary Philips), intending that Frederic would date Helen, and he is angry when Frederic pursues Catherine instead. It turns out that Catherine has been engaged to a soldier, but he was killed in battle.
A romance begins, though it is forbidden by army regulations, is discovered and as a result Catherine is transferred to Milan. Later, a wounded Frederic finds himself in the same hospital in Milan. Dramatic and tragic events ensue, partly because of Rinaldi's interference.
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes both give excellent performances, as does Adolphe Menjou as Rinaldi.Read more ›
The picture itself is great, of course, even better than I remembered. It has the extreme audacity to be unapologetically fullblown, certainly not romantic in the Hollywood, but neither quite as cynical as the Hemingway novel. The style is almost gothic, with a wonderful Adolphe Menjou thrown in for sleek comedy. The battle sequence almost parallel the ones i Milestone's groundbreaking 'Nothing Quiet on the Western Front', and Helen Hayes' deathscene has got to be among the most touching ever, only it gets a little heavy on the Wagner 'Liebestod' side.
If you ever wondered why Gary Cooper made it big, this is the picture to watch. You will be unable to take your eyes from him.
But this LaserLIght transfer is the pits. The worse. Awful.
"Disaster as well as victory is written for every nation on the record of the World Ware, but high on the rolls of glory two names are inscribed -- --
The Marne and the Piave."
This is a real tearjerker in black and white. However, it is well made and the story keeps movie. We can even feel sorry for the misguided friendship of Major Rinaldi, which contributed greatly to the disaster in the story.
I was really struck by seeing the young Helen Hayes as the first time I saw her was on Airport (1970.)
The Fountainhead ~ Gary Cooper
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GREAT FILM. CLASSIC. KINO BLU-RAY BEST PICTURE & SOUND OUT THERE, WELL WORTH PAYING THE EXTRA MONEY FOR.
ALSO REGION FREE PLAYS ON ENGLISH REGION B PLAYERS.
A Frank Borzage production that is based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway, this is a story of the love between ambulance driver Lieutenant Henry (Gary Cooper) and Nurse Catherine... Read morePublished on 5 April 2010 by Bernie