For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • U
  • Sam Wood (1943)
  • US
  • 124 min
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman turn Ernest Hemingway's classic tale of the Spanish Civil War into a star vehicle made for two, while director Sam Wood scrubs this tale clean of political taint (there's no mention of Franco, for example). Cooper plays an American member of a loyalist partisan group who falls for Bergman while on a mission to blow up a bridge. Though lacking in context, the film's focus on Cooper's love for the much-abused Bergman works well enough because of the quality of the two actors. However, it was Katina Paxinou's performance as a strong-willed guerrilla fighter that won the Oscar, perhaps for the sense of reality she brought to the otherwise sanitised proceedings.

Plot Summary

War drama starring Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper. American adventurer Robert Jordan joins a motley band of guerrillas fighting for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War, but his love affair with the tempestuous Maria imperils his companions.

Cast and crew

Cast

Maria
Ingrid Bergman
Robert Jordan
Gary Cooper
Pablo
Akim Tamiroff
Pilar
Katina Paxinou
Anselmo
Vladimir Sokoloff
Agustin
Arturo de Cordova
Rafael
Mikhail Rasumny

Crew

Director
Sam Wood

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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