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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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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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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 After this initial telecast, and its next one in Omaha 3 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), the film was withdrawn from television in deference to the forthcoming CBS Playhouse 90 production, highly publicized as the most ambitious television dramatic presentation of the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 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 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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During one scene at an enemy check point, the night sky is full of stars (2:23:55). We see a mounted enemy patrol riding by the check point under the moonlight (2:24:02). A few moments later, outside is clearly daylight (2:24:45), yet when the enemy soldier inside the check point booth blows into the lamp (2:25:29), the booth is in total darkness and there is no daylight coming through the windows. See more »

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Pablo: I doan prowoke.
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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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