A bowdlerized version of one of Hemingway's most famous works, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS makes its most overtly political move by cutting Ingrid Bergman's hair so short. Otherwise, it's pretty much of a yawner, with people (in Spain, right?) doing something or other to fight some kind of
oppression. At one point during the film's three agonizing hours someone hints at fascism, but since that's such
a difficult concept, HUAC "friendly witness" Wood and his writers largely drop it in favor of boy meets girl. Butch Bergman meets stoic Cooper and we're off!
Even more taciturn than usual, Cooper is in many ways a perfect Hemingway hero (as he showed in the roman...