Cinema: The New Pictures, Feb. 3, 1958

A Farewell to Arms (David O. Selznick; 20th Century-Fox) is the second screen version of Ernest Hemingway's famed story of love and war in Italy, when he and the century were young. The first version (1932) starred Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. This time Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones are the lovers—in CinemaScope and De Luxe color—and the whole production is painfully overblown. What Hemingway wrote as an interlude of amorous flutes and distant drums, Producer David 0. Selznick has scored for brass. But what is really wrong with the picture is the...

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