Arms and the Man (1932)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This first film version of George Bernard Shaw's witty comedy of questionable manners stars Barry Jones as soldier Captain Bluntschli. Having deserted from his regiment, Bluntschli takes refuge in the apartment of beautiful young Russian girl Raina Petkoff (Anne Grey). Raina is all for turning in the captain until he wins her over with the Shavian logic of his argument against warfare. Shaw was so disappointed in this cinemization of Arms and the Man that he vowed never again to allow his works to be filmed -- at least not until the price was right. This play was filmed once again in Germany in 1962; Oscar Strauss' operetta adaptation of Arms and the Man, The Chocolate Soldier, was filmed (sort of) in 1943.

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apartment, classical-music, desertion, hidden, hideout, love, military, relationship, soldier, violinist, war