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Paris in the 1920s. The American journalist Jake and his friends spend the time at cafés. He has a special interest in his ex-fiancée Lady Ashley. They take a vacation in Pamplona to watch the bull-fights. Written by
The film received poor reviews due to the slow pace and the fact that all the stars were much older than the characters they played. See more »
When Jake and Brett ride in the cab in 1922 Paris, cars from the 1940s and 50s can be seen through the cab's rear window. See more »
[Loudly, trying to get service]
Waiter! Oh, waiter! Waiter? Pssst! Tsk, tsk, tsk! Garcon! Boy!
Nobody home. You know something? The service around this town is getting worse and worse every night.
Perhaps it's me.
[He takes a drink from a girl]
Thank you. As a matter of fact, I'm afraid it is me. Nobody seems to pay much attention to me anymore.
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This was made in 1957, when Ty Power was 43, and getting a bit dull and paunchy. The whole cast was a mite ripe for the film. If the same cast had made it ten years earlier, it would have been a real treat.
Problem is, in 1947, none of that cast had put themselves through enough agony to convey the world-weariness of Hemingway's 20-something crew. Power was still a one dimensional pretty boy, although morphing into a real actor with films like Razor's Edge and Nightmare Alley; Ava Gardner was a slick chick on the MGM lot who had been married to Mickey Rooney, but otherwise didn't have a lot of movie experience. Errol Flynn was deteriorating noticeably, but hadn't acquired the self-knowledge he demonstrated in The Sun Also Rises.
If the Cast of '57 could have conveyed their panache in '47, it might have worked really well. As it is, only Flynn really rises to the occasion. Ironically, he steals the film in a distinctly supporting role. He is the only one who captures the tragedy of a misspent life - the others just seem cranky and self indulgent.
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