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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms (1932), starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

Synopsis of A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms is the tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry (Gary Cooper) and Nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes) during World War I. Set in Italy, the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. His jealous commanding officer, Major Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou), transfers Catherine to a different hospital. But an injury on the battlefield takes Frederic to Catherine’s new hospital in Milan. The film also analyses Lt. Henry’s feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.

Editorial review of A Farewell to Arms courtesy of Amazon.com

“Let’s love tonight,” they said, “There may be no tomorrow!”

The first film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s iconic novel, director Frank Borzage’s A Farewell to Arms won two Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture in 1934. The legendary Gary Cooper plays Lt. Frederick Henry, an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. He falls in love with a beautiful nurse (Helen Hayes), and the two embark on a torrid love affair amidst the bloodshed of the Great War. Their romance ends just as abruptly when Frederick is called back to the front line but as the Armistice approaches, he desperately makes his way back to the safety of his love.

The ultimate tale of star-crossed lovers, A Farewell to Arms has stood the test of time due to its dazzling visuals, emotional performances, and classic romance that recalls a long-forgotten era.