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DVD Review: “The Ernest Hemingway Film Collection”

(20th-Century Fox Home Entertainment. B&W/Color. 5 Discs. Not Rated.) Under My Skin (1950), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), The Sun Also Rises (1957), A Farewell to Arms (1957), Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man (1962).

I confess that the only Hemingway I’ve ever read is The Old Man and the Sea, and I didn’t care for that much…I’m more of a Fitzgerald gal. That said, I sampled The Sun Also Rises from this set. Directed by Henry King, it stars Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert, Robert Evans, and Juliette Greco in the personification of disaffected. This rather strange group, all of whom are too old for their roles (except Evans), are supposed to be playing disillusioned expatriates in 1920s Paris…that whole lost generation thing. Power’s the tragic figure who can’t marry Gardner because he was wounded in the war (you get it); Gardner’s sleeping with every other man within reach; Ferrer’s hopelessly in love with her; Evans is a hunky matador; Albert’s around, playing his usual role: the only sane one in the bunch. The only believable character is Flynn, playing a rowdy, bloated drunk still trading on his mostly-faded looks and charm…that’s probably because that was Flynn in real life by then (he would die two years later, at a mere 50). Extras include commentary by film historians, a making-of featurette, a trailer, and a still gallery (one photo includes Audrey Hepburn visiting the set — she was married to Ferrer at the time).

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