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See these films: A Farewell to Arms and The Killers at ArtsEmerson

The Killers

Despite his terse, cinematic style, Ernest Hemingway never had much luck when his work was adapted for the screen. But there are a couple of exceptions. Frank Borzage made a stark, atmospheric A Farewell to Arms (1932), with Gary Cooper as the callow WWI ambulance driver and Helen Hayes as the nurse who loves him. And Robert Siodmak's The Killers (1947) does justice to Hemingway's genius, as it fleshes out his brutally simple fable about a mob by spinning a heartbreaking, noirish backstory. This one stars a terrific Burt Lancaster and an alluringly fatale Ava Gardner. Both screen under the auspices of ArtsEmerson at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St, Boston | Saturday, March 19 | The Killers @ 7 pm; A Farewell to Arms @ 9 pm | $10; $5 students | 617.824.8000 or artsemerson.org

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