A Farewell to arms

United States, 1932

Film
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This is the original Academy Award winning screen version of Hemingway’s well-crafted story of doomed love between Frederic, a wounded ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and Catherine, his English nurse (Helen Hayes) in Italy in World War I. The war serves merely as a backdrop for their tragic romance. The film is mostly concerned with the fate of Catherine and Frederick - their quick but ardent meeting, their mock wedding in a hospital room, their long and painful separation during which Frederic deserts the army, and Catherine’s death in childbirth. Their farewell scene, where Catherine dies in Frederic’s arms as the bells peal out Armistice, is a moving climax to this all time classic of the screen.

Credits

production company

Paramount Pictures

producer/director

Frank Borzage

Duration

01:15:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1932

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324831

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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