89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #85- A Farewell to Arms (1932)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 85th review of the 89 chosen Films…


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“You’re the loveliest thing I ever saw. ” – Fredrick Henry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young ambulance driver falls in love with a nurse during World War I.

My Take on it – Hemingway knew how to write a great story because this one resonates so well.

Obviously, much of this film’s story is based on the real adventures of Hemingway himself when he was in the war, but what resonates the most about this story is the love story between the two main characters played by Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper.

The story feels a bit short and rushed here, but still comes off as a great romance story.

The chemistry between Hayes and Cooper is amazing and we can easily believe the love and loss between the two of them as they try to find one another amidst the chaos of war.

Bottom Line – Great love story, but it feels a bit too short and rushed.  It’s easy to believe the chemistry of the characters and both Hayes and Cooper are great here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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 (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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