The Sun Also Rises
20th Century Fox, 1957
Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert, Mel Ferrer
Directed By Henry King
Produced By Darryl Zanuck
By all accounts this film is a good adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's first novel, staying fairly close to the storyline of disillusioned ex-pats, the "Lost Generation", living in Paris after the Great War and pretty much wasting their lives away. The story revolves around Power, who is in love with Gardner's character but has been rendered impotent by a war injury, and Gardner, who is promiscuous yet engaged to Flynn's character, who is a heavy drinker with a bad temper. All this happens during 1920's Paris, with a trip to Papaloma for the running of the bulls.
The main criticism I saw in every review was the cast. The players in Hemingway's novel are in their 20's, part of the 'live fast die young' crowd who lost their innocence after the brutality of WWI. The cast members are a good 10-20 years past the age of Hemingway's characters - Power was 44, Gardner was 35, and Flynn 48. The acting and direction was given fairly good reviews, however, the movie was made a little less believable by the poor character casting.
This film was one of the first widescreen movies, filmed in Cinemascope.