King's 1957 interpretation of Ernest Hemingway's novel illuminates the condition and characteristics of post-World War I expatriates in Paris, dubbed "The Lost Generation" by Hemingway's friend, mentor, and patron Gertrude Stein. The contingent of American writers and artists included F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and many others, with Stein at the creative helm. This film follows Hemingway's narrator Jake Barnes through romantic dalliances, existential digressions, and moments of both inspiration and despair to emerge with a profound understanding of the recurrent themes of avant-garde life and literature.
The Sun Also Rises
Related Exhibition The Steins Collect
Thursday, June 09, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Henry King, 1957, 130 min., 35mm
Image: Henry King, The Sun Also Rises (still), 1957; courtesy Photofest NYC
Print courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Archives.