Friday, 27 March 2015

Film Friday: A Farewell To Arms (1932)

Next on the shelf is 1932's A Farewell To Arms, starring Gary Cooper.

A Farewell To Arms is a romantic drama based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway, with screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett and Benjamin Glazer. The plot follows a love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse in Italy during WWI. 


The film received Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Art Direction.

In 1960, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the failure of the last claimant, United Artists, to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

Did you know that censorship problems arose from early versions of the script, which included phases of Catherine's actual childbirth and references to labor pains, gas, her groaning and hemorrhaging. After these were removed, the MPPDA approved the script, and even issued a certificate for re-release in 1938 when the censorship rules were more strictly enforced.
Still, the film was rejected in British Columbia and in Australia, where Hemingway's book was also banned.

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It seems an age since I last saw this film, but what I do recall is how much I enjoyed it, which I am  aware is not a good review.
 "Fillllllllm, goooooood!" 
Can you elaborate on that madam? 
"Yes. Gary Cooper." 
Can someone bring this lady some smelling salts?

My wasn't he just beautiful. He makes me feel quite giddy. They don't make them like that anymore, the last actor who I think was that level of utter exquisite beauty was Peter O'Toole.


  1. Thank you, Melanie, for the personal comment you left on my blog. It saddened and touched me. I wish you the best.

  2. I really am going to have to start working my way through some of these classic films - they look so good! Great post. - Tasha

  3. Sounds really a good one to try. I'm like Tasha, need to try some classic films.x

  4. Though I know its a classic, I have never seen this film, I ought to remedy that soon! Oh and Garry Cooper is utterly Swoon worthy, those dreamy eyes!! xx

  5. I've never seen the movie but the book has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. Guess I need to give it a shot!

  6. I really should read that book! Shameful of me not to have done. I've never seen the film either.


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