Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.
Ernest Hemingway hated this interpretation of his novel, as he felt it was overly romantic. That didn't stop him, however, from becoming lifelong friends with Gary Cooper, whom he met several years later. In fact, it was Hemingway who would insist that Cooper be cast in the ... ...
Lieutenant Frederic Henry:
We've never been apart, really. Not since we met.
Catherine Barkley: Not since we met.
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: And never can be.
Catherine Barkley: Never apart.
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: In life and in death. Say it Cat.
Catherine Barkley: In life and in death, we'll never be parted.
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: You do believe that, don't you, Cat?
Catherine Barkley: I believe it, and I'm not afraid.
A night attack is shown. During World War I there was very little flying at night and the night attacks that did occur were limited to big cities. It was almost impossible for a plane to attack specific targets in a large city, so effectively attacking people on a road in the dark was not possible, and did not happen.
Opening credits prologue: Disaster as well as victory is written for every nation on the record of the World War, but high on the rolls of glory two names are inscribed - -
The Marne and The Piave.
"A Farewell to Arms" originally ran 89 minutes, and was later cut to 78 minutes for a 1938 re-issue. The 89-minute version (unseen since the original theatrical run in 1932 and long thought to be lost) was released on DVD in 1999 by Image Entertainment (and re-released on DVD and blu-ray in 2011 by Kino Lorber Films), mastered from a nitrate print located in the David O. Selznick vaults.
Traditional Italian folksong
Sung by George Humbert
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