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A Farewell to Arms

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Showing here at the Forum as part of the Hexham Abbey Festival.

Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Frank Borzage’s Oscar-winning film adaptation of the tragic Great War romance stars an impossibly handsome Gary Cooper as the somewhat cynical Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American enlisted in the Italian army to drive ambulances during the war.

Through his doctor friend, Rinalidi (Adolphe Manjou), he meets Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), an English nurse whose fiancé was killed at the Somme. What starts as a flirtatious and casual encounter soon develops into something much deeper – but can their passion survive the terrible consequences of the war? A hugely popular film when it was first released in 1932, A Farewell to Arms was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen and Harold Lewis).