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For Whom The Bell Tolls
VHS, NR, 166 minutes
Based on the best-selling, controversial novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls graces the screen with legendary stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.
The story follows Robert Jordan (Cooper), an American demolition expert who lends his unique abilities to the anti-fascist freedom fighters of Spain. Assisting him is a band of warriors that includes the strong-willed Pilar (Katina Paxinou in an Oscar-Winning performance), the dangerously undependable Pablo (Akim Tamiroff) and the lovely, innocent Maria (Bergman). As danger mounts, Robert and Maria develop a closeness, an interdependence, that blossoms into one of the screen's greatest love stories. Their passion grows as they approach the hour of judgment--a climatic confrontation neither may survive.
Newly restored, this exclusive version includes footage that was cut immediately after the original premiere theatrical engagement in 1943, including the intermission music by Victor Young. The beautiful overture and intermission have been made into two unique photo montages of rare production stills from the film. Epic in scope yet intimate in feeling, For Whom the Bell Tolls remains a shining example of Hollywood moviemaking at its finest.
An excellent copy, both tapes play well (we checked) and are contained in the original cardboard sleeve which shows little discernable wear.