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FAREWELL TO ARMS.........NOT IMPRESSED
- Janet Masly
In my estimation, FAREWELL TO ARMS was boring and placid. A typical war/ love movie. Except for the fantastic cast, I could have forgone it. There wasn't anything special about the plot. Gary Cooper is a great actor and has been in better movies.
A Farewell To Arms: A Great Surprise
- Jim MacLellan
I watched this movie on TCM last week. I thought it would be rather boring, but was gradually drawn into the movie. As it moved towatrds the conclusion, with an allegory of what may have been the retreat from Caporetto, a magical interweaving of music, visual imagery, script and acting began to take place and the whole experience became almost overwhelming. I was also surprised by the subtle but accurate references to the horrors of the Italian - Austrian Front. As with the Eastern and Balkan Fronts during World War I, very few people are aware of the horrific slaughter that took place there. To say that the Allied military command on that Front had no respect for the lives or conditions of their soldiers would be an under statement. I was not prepared for the power of this movie by any reviews or previous references, although I am an amateur student of the cinema of that period. The startling imagery still lingers after many days.....no wonder that it won an Oscar for photography. This film easily moves up into to the top twenty in my personal list of great films.