For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Watched 20131028 (Netflix, Instant, HD) (Streaming until 20131101)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Sam Wood. 170 min [botnotsn (1940) by Ernest Hemingway]

María (Ingrid Bergman)

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Robert Jordan (Gary Cooper) and Pablo (Akim Tamiroff)

As I prepared to draft this blog post (20131218), one of the first thoughts that entered my mind was that the movie reminded me of Casablanca (1942). Then I thought perhaps it was only because both movies were romantic dramas taking place within the setting of a war. I was then surprised to learn that the leading actress of this movie, Ingrid Bergman, was also the leading actress in Casablanca!

Pilar (Katina Paxinou)
In any case, like with Casablanca, I enjoyed watching For Whom the Bell Tolls. While close to three hours long, the film puts time into character development and solid story telling. In particular, expect to feel a range of emotions throughout the entire story.

If you've seen and like Casablanca, then I would definitely recommend For Whom the Bell Tolls. If you just, in general, like romantic dramas, then I would simply recommend it.

María and Robert


Instant Comments:
The first four and a half minutes is just music played over a blank screen. Then you hears bells being rung and the credits begin. After a couple seconds, the music picks back up.
"You promised." "Adios muchacho."
"Did I muss it?" "All day I wanted you to do that." "I, too, Maria."

Robert and Anselmo (Vladimir Sokoloff)

"Where do the noses go? Always I wondered where the noses go."
At about 1 hour and 30 minutes there's a four-minute long intermission. I decided to pause the movie here. So far, I'm drawn in by the plot and the acting is good too.
So nice to have the high ground.
"Kill me, shoot me." They succeeded in they're little game.

The bridge which Robert has come to destroy.

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