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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

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Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)
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Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ...
Ignacio
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Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era -- like Ernest Hemingway and his friends -- has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a bridge in a cave. Pilar, who is in charge there, has an ability to foretell the future. And so that night she encourages Maria, a young girl ravaged by enemy soldiers, to join Jordan who has decided to spend the night under the stars. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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In spite of all the things that were done to me...I never kissed a man until you...and now there are only three days and three nights! See more »


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28 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Por Quem os Sinos Dobram  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It received its television premiere in San Francisco Monday 5 January 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), launching the MCA/Paramount Library on that channel. It was broadcast in color, a rarity at that time, particularly for a CBS affiliated station, when color television was still in its infancy and vintage feature films rarely were granted that courtesy and expenditure. After this initial telecast, and its next one in Omaha 3 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), the film was withdrawn from television in deference to the forthcoming CBS Playhouse 90 production, highly publicized as the most ambitious television dramatic presentation of the season, to be broadcast in two parts, Thursday 12 March 1959 and Thursday 19 March 1959. The film's eventual widespread local television broadcasts resumed in Milwaukee 11 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 7 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Johnstown 8 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Toledo, in two parts, Monday-Tuesday 9-10 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Grand Rapids 12 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Asheville 15 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Detroit 26 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in St. Louis 12 December 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Philadelphia 25 June 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 12 November 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Chicago 17 February 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2), and, finally, in New York City 19 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since color broadcasting was still in its infancy and limited to only a small number of high rated, mostly live programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, except for its initial telecast in San Francisco, all these film showings were all in B&W. Television viewers were not offered the opportunity to see vintage feature films in their original Technicolor until several years later. The DVD was first released by Universal 1 June 1999 and was re-released 19 May 2015. Cable TV viewers now also have the opportunity to watch it occasionally on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, when the bridge is viewed through binoculars, the angle of the view is often very inconsistent with Robert Jordan's position. See more »

Quotes

Pilar: Look I am ugly. Yet one can have a feeling here
[points to her heart]
Pilar: that blinds a man while he loves you. He thinks you are beautiful. And one day for no reason at all he sees you ugly as you really are. And he is not blind anymore. Then you see yourself as ugly as he sees you - and you lose your man and your feeling. Then one day the feeling, that idiotic feeling that you are beautiful, grows inside you again and another man sees you and thinks you are beautiful and it's all to do over again....
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Opening credits prologue: any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde: and therefore never send to know For Whom The Bell Tolls It tolls for thee.

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"the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel"
2 January 2001 | by (Framingham Massachusets) – See all my reviews

Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, the prelude to WWII, this is one of the great action/adventure films of all time and the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel. Cooper and Bergman set the sparks flying like Bogie and Bacall, and are sexier on screen without ever taking their clothes off than any of todays red hot lovers stark naked. Coop's hat alone deserves an honorary Oscar for Best Costume. Old pros like Vladimir Sokoloff, Akim Tamiroff and Fortunio Bonanova (whom film buffs will recognise as the opera coach from "Citizen Kane") keep that inimitable Hemingway dialogue moving at a brisk pace and Katina Paxinou, who copped the Best Supporting Actress award, is the embodiment of one of Hem's greatest characters. I have the 156 min version taped off cable and the added footage makes you hungry to see the whole 170 minute version (if it still exists). Don't miss this one. Four stars.


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