Friday, March 4, 2016

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Academy Awards, USA 1934

Best Cinematography
Charles Lang
Best Sound, Recording
Franklin Hansen (sound director)
Best Picture
Best Art Direction
Hans Dreier
Roland Anderson

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Frank Borzage
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Kino)

Soldier Gary Cooper falls in love with nurse Helen Hayes while driving an ambulance in Italy during WWI. Their one night stand turns into vows of marriage when he is sent back to the front. When he is injured it only intensifies. He eventually recovers but decides to desert when he finds out she has gone to Switzerland to have their baby. More tragedy follows. Overly sentimental and melodramatic, but beautifully filmed with inventive camerawork by Charles Lang.

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