Big screen classics

A Farewell to Arms

Borzage’s adaptation of Hemingway’s WWI romance – one of the great cinematic love stories.

Image from A Farewell to Arms

USA 1932
Dir Frank Borzage
With Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou
Certificate PG

Ernest Hemingway’s novel about an American ambulance driver falling for an English nurse in Italy in WWI becomes, in Borzage’s confident hands, a sublimely moving tale of transcendent passion; separated by circumstances, they strive, constantly, for togetherness. Charles Lang Jr’s cinematography offers a stunning mix of naturalism and expressionism, entirely appropriate to the Wagnerian intensity of the love story being played out.

The screening on Wednesday 25 August will feature a pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large.