For Whom the Bell Tolls ★★½

This film is based on a Hemingway novel that I've never read and knew nothing about. It was still one I was curious about. The film works on some levels and has some terrific performances, but also feels a bit sprawling and lethargic. It takes a long time to get to where it's trying to go, and I never felt like it completely made the points that Hemingway and director Sam Wood were trying to make. Still, it's entertaining enough and may be a film worth revisiting. That being said, the current print of it is so terrible that I feel a revisit wouldn't happen unless a full restoration was done. It's really a tragedy to see a technicolor print mishandled as much as this was.

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