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
Upon seeing it for the first time, Ernest Hemingway walked out after the first 25 minutes. He criticized most aspects of the film heavily, and said the only good thing about the film was Errol Flynn's performance. 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 »
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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