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For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)

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.

Gary Cooper ... Robert Jordan
Ingrid Bergman ... María
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo
Arturo de Córdova ... Agustín (violent)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Anselmo (guide)
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael (Gypsy)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando (calm)
Eric Feldary ... Andrés (courier to Gen. Golz)
Victor Varconi ... Primitivo (lookout)
Katina Paxinou ... Pilar
Joseph Calleia ... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin
Alexander Granach ... Paco

Director: Sam Wood

Runtime: 170 mins



Video : 546 MB, 462 Kbps, 19.180 fps, 704*384 (16:9), XVID = XVID Mpeg-4,
Audio : 151 MB, 128 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = MPEG Layer-3, VBR,


Reading some of the comments here left me wondering, in some cases, whether the writers had this film confused with some B-movie potboiler. Some have written scathing contumelies with not a single positive remark to be found. It\'s amazing how differently two people from the same planet, same culture, can view the same thing. For me, this has always been one of my favorite movies, with very few flaws to be found. Gary Cooper could never be accused here (or anywhere else) of over acting. His style has always been one of understatement. He, in fact, was one of the actors who helped change the style of acting from the theatricality of the silents, to the more realistic method still in vogue today. Here, he is perfectly cast (Hemingway would accept no other)--the quiet, stoic, ruggedly handsome American.

Ingrid Bergman is my favorite actress, so it\'s probably hard for me to be objective, but I feel this is one of her greatest roles, playing the damaged, yet still innocent, Maria (it was, in fact, the role for which Bergman felt she would be most remembered). True, her accent could hardly be mistaken for Spanish, but this seems trivial when this is stacked up against her immense talent as an actress. The criticisms about her appearance have no justification at all, as has been pointed out by others. All Spaniards do not look alike. Ms. Bergman is absolutely radiant, luminous, stunningly beautiful. Her scenes with Coop are wonderful. You can see \"Roberto\'s\" interest in her immediately, first of a carnal nature, but increasingly with tenderness and concern. Their\'s is one of the best love stories on film.

The supporting characters are superlative; Akim Tamiroff is fine as the once courageous but now cowardly (and possibly treacherous) Pablo; Vladimir Sokoloff as the lovable aging guide--but where did they find Ms. Paxinou? Her Pilar is a fascinatingly vibrant character, full of grit and valor and indomitable courage, and yet capable of being deeply wounded by the thoughtless actions of a child. She apparently never did another film either before or after this one--just taking her well deserved Oscar and slipping away {Edit (Dec. 2005): I\'ve since discovered that Ms. Paxinou DID appear in a few less prominent films after this one.}

It\'s true that war is not romantic, and the film shows some of the horrors of this enterprise. It is also true that it does to some extent romanticize this war in that it emphasizes the self-sacrifice and courage of these people. In any case, I feel most people will find themselves moved by the sacrifices and **SPOILERS** the doomed romance of the leads. The story has been altered a bit from the wonderful novel, but this is inevitable. Still, it follows it much more closely than most Hollywood filmizations. The scenery is spectacular--the color, the cinematography are top notch, and Victor Young has composed a lush and moving score that wonderfully underscores the action and emotions of the players--his creation being among the best in cinema history. The direction strikes an excellent balance between showing us the details of day to day survival by these hunted insurgents, the suspense of battle, and the growing romance. Some have criticized the dialogue, but I find it quite believable. That last speech of Jordan\'s and his thoughts right after, have in particular been singled out for scorn. But for me, it is extraordinarily real. He doesn\'t utter some plasticized ideal of what a parting speech should be--no it\'s something someone might actually say, filled with simple but heartfelt phrases.

Well, dear reader, you simply must see this film. Then judge for yourself whose comments are more accurate--those above, or those who have reviled the film. I know where I\'d put my money.


Ernest Hemingway was most particular about how is work should be portrayed on screen. He had hated the version of A Farewell to Arms that was done ten years earlier.

What he did like was Gary Cooper\'s portrayal of a Hemingway hero. He and Cooper got to be good friends, so he was Papa\'s first and only choice to be Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls.

The novel grew out of Hemingway\'s experience in the Spanish Civil War that raged for almost four years. A number of generals not liking the leftist trend the new Spanish Republic was taking pulled a military coup d\'etat. The whole world took sides with the Soviet Union aiding the Republic\'s defenders and Italy and Germany aiding the Nationalist Generals.

The USA was officially neutral, but people had their opinions. Believe it or not many supported the rebelling generals seeing them as upholding traditional Catholic Spain. But some in America organized the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of volunteers who fought for the Republic. Some in there were U.S. Communist Party members, but a whole lot were idealists. All of them had a lot of difficulty after World War II, for shall we say being to prematurely anti-Fascist.

Gary Cooper plays just such a volunteer and he\'s got a mission, to blow up a key bridge in the Guadarrama mountains. He makes contact with the guerrilla band of Akim Tamiroff and Katina Paxinou. Of course fighting with them is Ingrid Bergman, so we had some romantic interludes there which steamed up the screen.

This was quite a year for Ingrid, she did Casablanca as well that year and her name became synonymous with romance. She was not the first choice here. Director Sam Wood did not like his original leading lady Vera Zorina and replaced her with Bergman who he really wanted in the first place.

In fact Wood was a second choice. Paramount originally scheduled this film for Cecil B. DeMille. I\'m betting there were some creative differences between DeMille and Papa Hemingway. If this had become a DeMille type film, it would have been a disaster.

Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, and Katina Paxinou all got Academy Award nominations. Only Paxinou won the Oscar for this film. A great performance, but also probably a tribute to her refugee status. She had fled her native Greece when the Nazis took over where she was a leading member of their national theater. She accepted her Oscar in memory of her late colleagues there.

The only criticism of the film came from those that thought it lingered too long on Cooper and Bergman\'s romance. Something by the way they were having in real life as well.

But Ernest Hemingway liked the film just fine and I think most will as well.


Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman smoulder in this Hemingway adaptation. Filmed in glorious Technicolour, the two stars give among their best performances amidst the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.

I wonder why this film seems to be almost forgotten today. It certainly had a huge effect on me after my first viewing- it stayed with me for days. The Cooper-Bergman teaming was amazing. Coop gives a great performance and is very attractive as our hero, Robert Jordan. American Jordan is working for the Republicans, hiding out in the mountains for the opportunity to blow up a bridge. A band of native freedom fighters are assisting him in his task, led by the strong-willed Pilar (Katina Paxinou). With them is the shy, innocent Maria (Ingrid Bergman). Maria has endured a horrible past, with the murder of her parents and her rape (it is implied, though never mentioned because of that Hayes Code)by enemy soldiers. Jordan (who she calls \'Roberto\') and Maria fall in love, and Coop fights himself fighting for more than the noble cause.

This is nicely disguised war propaganda from the 40\'s. World War Two was then in it\'s element, and a story of the Spanish Civil War with an American hero combating the fascists, communists etc must have seemed appropriate. Still, that assumption is not taking anything from the overall product we have here. It\'s a great adventure-romance story, well-crafted and handled for it\'s time. Many comments have been made about the Swedish Bergman playing a Spanish girl, but I for one have no qualms with it. Many Spanish have blonde hair and blue eyes, and Bergman\'s acting is excellent here. I just love the scene where her character gets her first kiss from Coop. Her line \'I do not know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?\' is one of the most memorable and sweet in the entire film.

An actress with incredible range, Bergman could play both the innocent and the seductive with ease. Just compare her role here with her Alicia in \'Notorious\' (1946). Coop is often accused of being wooden, but his underplaying only adds to his performance. There are never any silly theatrics from Coop, his acting style is quiet, measured and steady, perfectly suiting his character. A colourful range of supporting actors complete the cast. Also there has been criticism of the handling of Hemingway\'s brisk dialogue. Yes, it loses impact when transferred to the screen, but Coop\'s last speech to Maria-\'Wherever you go, I go\'- is never anything but powerfully felt.



* \'Ingrid Bergman\' \'s first Technicolor film.

* It took 24 weeks to shoot the film (July-October 1942). The first 12 weeks were shot at Sonora Pass in the Sierra Nevada, the last 12 weeks were shot at the Paramount Studio in California.

* This film saved the famous love theme, \"As Time Goes By,\" from Casablanca (1942). \'Ingrid Bergman\' began filming this movie immediately after completing Casablanca (1942). For the role, she cut her hair short. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers wanted to substitute another song for \"As Time Goes By\" and re-shoot some scenes with Bergman. However, since she had cut her hair, the inserts would no longer match (even with a wig), so the idea was dropped.

* Ernest Hemingway had \'Ingrid Bergman\' in mind as \"Maria\" while he was writing the novel \"For Whom the Bell Tolls\".

* Ernest Hemingway\'s novel \"For Whom the Bell Tolls was a 1940 best-seller and reportedly was sold to Paramount Pictures for $100,000.

* Ernest Hemingway insisted on the casting of Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, despite the fact that Vera Zorina had already been cast and had had her hair cropped for the role of Maria.

* Writer Dudley Nichols depoliticised the screenplay, removing all references to Franco, loyalists and Falangists. However, he did keep in one prophetic comment about how Germany and Italy were using Spain as target practice.

* Only a handful of Spanish actors were used in the film.

* At the film\'s conclusion, Gary Cooper\'s horse falls and breaks its leg. The only horse the crew could get to do the stunt was brown, but Cooper\'s horse throughout the film was gray. Rather than re-shoot much of the film, Cooper\'s brown stunt horse was painted gray.

* Hemingway had Gary Cooper in mind even before he wrote the original book (as per Cooper\'s daughter).

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