A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry’s feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.
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Borzage seems to be on auto-pilot in this film. The characters have no complexity and they have zero chemistry. I don't think I have ever been this indifferent towards a character's death in my life. At least it showcases more of the director's ability to create wonderful images of sexual love that approach the best of Vigo's infinitely superior L'Atalante. If you want a Borzage war film, stick with Three Comrades.
Pre-code Hollywood melodrama adapts Ernest Hemingway's novel about a WWI soldier who falls in love with a nurse, and deserts the military upon finding out she is pregnant in order to find and take care of her. Old Hollywood has its charms, but Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes have surprisingly little chemistry, and their relationship never rings true.
I admit I got disoriented while watching it, I did't understood many stylistic decisions, but at the same time Borzage managed to subtly inspire a quiet sense of awe that was kept on growing until it was released in the end. My viewing was improvable, but I suspect this is a far more complex movie than it appears.
¡Hemingway fue, es y será siempre un genio! No por nada es de mis escritores favoritos, y esta historia está llena de una carga emocional, de un diálogo profundo y bello. Muy buena adaptación de la obra, con buena actuaciones y, a mi parecer, un excelente manejo de cámaras en varias tomas de la película. Un final triste, pero grande. Me encantó.