The Sun Also Rises
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite movies, with some of my favorite actors. This arrived in perfect condition.Published 6 days ago by shztrbl
Tyrone Power was very good. So was Ava Gardner.
I enjoyed the movie. I am glad I bought it. So, I can see it again whenever I want to!! Read more
My favorite movie, what else its there to say. Have the theater poster on my wall.
Going to run with the bulls, hopefully next year.
More than met my expectations. Jennifer Aniston should have received an Oscar nomination. She was outstanding!Published 11 months ago by Jo Ann Gauthier
I read the book in 2006 before I ran with the bulls in Pamplona Spain during the Festival of San Fermin. Usually I like the books better, and this is Hemingway! Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Mosby