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Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and ... See full summary »
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
Fans of Tyrone Power were shocked by his tired and aged appearance in the movie, since he was only 42 at the time of filming. Years of chain smoking cigarettes and drinking heavily had taken a toll on his looks. In addition he was reportedly taking pills so he could survive with only three hours sleep every night. See more »
This movie takes great care to copy the women's fashions of the 1920s. The outfits of the men, on the other hand, look very 1950s; even the Spanish military uniforms at the Pamplona sequence are not quite right for the 1920s. See more »
A sad tale of love and bullfights, Hemingway style
Because of one weak link -- the unfulfilled love between Jake (Ty Power) and Brett (Ava Gardner) -- a series of futile events take place, also of unrequited love that each involved player has to deal with, some through anger others through forgetfulness in partying and drink. However, Saturday night revelry runs its course and relentlessly a Monday morning awaits all.
It's a kind of roller-coaster ride at first where the individuals seem so intent on taking from life all they can get from it, as if they were soon to leave it behind, an aftermath no doubt of the First War when most had no tomorrows to live or plan for.
I've seen this movie many times and it still draws my attention, that's how excellent the actors and settings are, not to mention the spectacular photography of the Pamplona bull run (always dangerous and still so even to this day) and the pageantry of the bullfight scenes in the ring.
This is one movie that I easily recall most scenes from because they are so much a part of how real life is and not how we wish it could be. A thoughtful tale of life's experiences.
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