The first time I saw CASABLANCA was at a revival theater when I was in college...and I didn't like it. In hindsight, I realize that the reason I didn't like it was because I was expecting an action movie, and this was a romantic drama. However, upon a 2nd viewing (on TV) it started to grow on me and every time I see it (20 times?) I see something new. The characters. The situations.
I must disagree with you about Bergman's performance. Why shouldn't it be on the cold side. This woman has been running from the Nazis. Her husband has been tortured by the Nazis. Yes, she has feelings for Rick, but she's torn. This is not a happy woman.
Regarding TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, this is generally considered to be one of Hemingway's weaker novels. In fact, I believe that director Howard Hawks bet Papa that he could make a movie out of the book when Hemingway bet he couldn't.
CASABLANCA is my all time favorite movie, but I've always considered TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT to be one of Bogart's lesser films. It's okay...but it's not in the same league as CASABLANCA, THE MALTESE FALCON, KEY LARGO, etc.
Although the scenes with Bacall certainly sizzle, they also slow down the forward movement of the story, which takes the title from Hemingway's book and little else. The remake with John Garfield (i.e. THE BREAKING POINT) was much closer to the book and, I think, a better movie.
To view Perfect Understanding click here. In 1929, after a successful career in silent film and at the height of her popularity, Gloria Swanson was preparing for her transition to “talkies,” the earliest, raw experiments in bringing sound to motion pictures. Her sound debut was in the 1929 drama written and directed by Edmund Goulding, The […]
To view Burden of Dreams click here. “If I abandon this project I would be a man without dreams and I don’t want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life with this project.” That’s how Werner Herzog responded to his investors in Germany asking him if he had the will […]
To view L’Eclisse click here. FilmStruck is currently streaming 11 films featuring Alain Delon as part of their “Icons: Alain Delon” theme and for the next 4 weeks I’ll be spotlighting a few of my favorite titles in this collection. To learn more about the French actor please see a previous post I wrote in 2010 […]