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
In May 1933, RKO Studios attempted to adapt Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" for the silver screen. However, censor James Wingate rejected the film's screenplay arguing the premise of the story, a man's impotency, violated the 1930 Motion Picture Production Code. After Joseph I. Breen became head of the Production Code Administration (PCA) in 1934 and the Code became stringently enforced, Breen successfully prevented for this film from being made until after his retirement in 1954. 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 »
There are several films from the '40's to the '60's that I prefer to experience, rather than jump into Pauline Kael's skin. Let her successors dissect and occasionally say something of pith.
George Herbert said, "Time is the rider that breaks youth."
All the principal characters in this sad tale are broken. In their dissipation and aimless, joyless pursuits, they didn't stand for much of anything. It has been said that the cast was just too old for these roles. But they looked perfect for their roles, a group of people who were caught in a tepid tide pool, waiting to be washed out to sea. They were all tarnished goods.
I was especially impressed by Errol Flynn's performance. Of all of them, he was the most pitiful. Remember the song, "Tired of living and scared of dying?" That's him-a far cry from Captain Peter Blood.
Next is Robert Cohn (Mel Ferrer). He was a rich aimless child, eager to fasten himself to others, like a limpet. College had done nothing for him, except to make him an even greater useless snob. Then Lady Brett transformed him into a swine before casting him aside, because 'she couldn't stand his damned suffering.' After a crushing defeat at the hands of Brett and her bullfighter, he wisely headed home to Frances, if she would still have him.
Now we come to Jake and Lady Brett Ashley. These two truly loved one another, but in a very unhealthy way. She lost a husband to the Great War and never recovered. He gave "more then his life" to the war. His impotence was probably not the real reason Brett would not marry him, nor he, her. Damaged goods.
This film is excellent. Important, as is the book, emotional Tours De Force. Hemmingway is incredible.
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