An Immovable Feast? Another Look at Henry King’s The Sun Also Rises
Announces the DVD release of King’s 1957 film adaptation of The Sun Also Rises. Thomas pans several Hollywood versions of Hemingway’s works (e.g. A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea) but praises screenwriter Peter Viertel for his masterful skill while under the watchful eyes of censors. Though he agrees with Hemingway who characterized the film as a travelogue of “bistros, bullfights, and more bistros,” Thomas suggests that the casting (Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Ava Gardner, and Eddie Albert) makes this adaptation worthwhile even for today’s audience.
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