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The Sun Also Rises

3.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Hemingway's journalist Jake Barnes leaves 1920s Paris for Spain with Lady Brett and her admirers. Directed by Henry King.

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Mel Ferrer, Eddie Albert
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: Ernest Hemingway, Peter Viertel
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC4ZDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sun Also Rises" on IMDb

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By Benjamin J Burgraff VINE VOICE on March 30, 2007
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"The Sun Also Rises" was 20th Century Fox's big-budget 'prestige' film

for 1957, based on Ernest Hemingway's first novel, shot on location in Paris and Mexico (substituting for Spain), and starring the studio's long-reigning superstar, Tyrone Power, surrounded by legendary actors (Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Mel Ferrer, and Eddie Albert). With all the talent assembled in front of and behind the camera, producer Darryl F. Zanuck felt confident that the film would be an enduring classic for both his own independent company, and his studio.

It wasn't, unfortunately...

The film's problem was a fundamental one; the 'Lost Generation'

Hemingway wrote of were disillusioned young Americans, who, shattered

by the horror and brutality of the 'Great War', lost their innocence, and became a 'live fast, die young' crowd of expatriates, settling in Paris. These were men and women still in their twenties and thirties...yet the film's stars were all ten to twenty years older! The most glaring case can be seen in the film's star, Tyrone Power. As newspaperman Jake Barnes, a vet whose war injuries render him impotent, unable to satisfy the woman he loves (Ava Gardner), and, therefore, the 'perfect' observer of her romantic entanglements with other men, Power seems more a victim of a midlife crisis than a young man devastated about losing his manhood. In his next-to-last film, Power, at 44, was aging badly, his hair thinning and his slender, 'movie idol' good looks surrendering to a middle-aged paunch. Only when he smiles do the years seem to lift, a bit, and the "too handsome to be true" younger man appears. Adding to his physical deterioration was an undiagnosed heart condition, which would kill him, in less than two years.
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Many reviews of this film like to take issue with its meandering, aimless plot that starts anywhere and leads nowhere. The bad news is that criticism is spot on. The good news is that's the point exactly. You see, Hemingway is trying to show what happens to the first generation that loses its faith in reason, science, and progress. Instead of perfecting society, humanity, and the world, these ideals have only led to more effective, more efficient ways of killing our neighbors on a global scale. How to live when there is nothing left to believe in? Watch this film and find out! Ask yourself, are these characters so different from you and me? Tyrone Power is impotent. So are we. Wealth, fame, power -- our worldly pleasures are insatiable. Errol Flynn is a hopeless drunk. Our pleasures are also unfulfilling. Ava Gardner is an aging beauty. Even when a few of us manage to attain our worldly desires, they are fleeting, we just can't hold on to them. This film is more relevant today than it ever was. If you hit yourself on the head with a book, and you hear a hollow sound, it doesn't always mean the book is empty.
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How can a movie be fascinating without a plot? Watch The Sun Also Rises and you'll find out. I admire the courage of the filmmakers for their faithfulness to Hemingway's work, which was a challenge to translate for the screen. The novel is really a slice of life in which character study takes precedence over story. This is about the so-called "lost" generation of people who try without success to find some meaning in their lives after the horrors of the First World War. As a theme, it has enormous relevance even today.

If you dissect this film, what you have is one scene, the same scene, repeated over and over and over: The actors order drinks, smoke cigarettes, and engage in witty dialogue. In an outdoor café, in a restaurant, in a bar, in an apartment, in a hotel, in Paris, in Pamplona, in ... are you getting the picture? But don't despair, this is an absolutely fascinating movie despite the fact that nothing really happens. How can that be? First, Hemingway's characters are interesting as hell. Second, Henry King was a brilliant director and put his stamp on every aspect of this production. Third, the Cinemascope photography of Paris and Spain (or Mexico) is staggering. The scenes in Paris during the first part of the film made me want to get on an airplane. And fourth, these were superb film actors at the top of their form.

Tyrone Power was a highly underrated actor. In this film he has one of the most difficult roles for any actor, playing a character who is depressed all the time. Actors like to play active motivations. Playing depressed is about as difficult as it can get for an actor and Power is superb in playing dour without losing his natural charm. Mel Ferrer is perfectly cast as the droopy Robert Cohn, who is both likeable and hateful.
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I was interested in watching this movie since I had read the book when I was a teen. The book was written by Ernest Hemingway. Because of censorship rules not everything from the book was able to be put forth on the screen. Watching the special features reminded me of this fact.

Special Features include:
* The Old Men and The Bulls: The Making of "The Sun Also Rises"
* Hemingway on Film
* A Conversation with Director Henry King

The main character actors are some pretty well known and respected persons: Ava Gardner (Lady Brett Ashley), Tyrone Power (Jake Barnes), Errol Flynn (Mike Campbell), Mel Ferrer (Robert Cohn), and Eddie Albert (Bill Gorton).

It is over two hours. The pace seemed pretty good - kept me interested. There's drama and romance and adventure. The story's backdrop is Paris and Spain. It includes the running of the bulls and some bull fighting.

We picked up this Studio Classic as part of a 4 disc set celebrating the 75th anniversary of 20th Century Fox.
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