A Farewell to Arms
+ pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large
Borzage’s adaptation of Hemingway’s WWI romance – one of the great cinematic love stories.
Dir Frank Borzage
With Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou
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.