"Thought you all might be interested in some news on the finding of silent film footage presumed lost.
Collecting The History Of Silent Film (mostly on Annette Kellerman)
And Preserving The Legacy Of Silent Film Actress Valkyrien"
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 The Three Musketeers click here. To view The Four Musketeers click here. Director Richard Lester was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but he directed some of the best British films of the 1960s. Inspired by Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, he developed an acute funny bone and an appreciation of the absurd that allowed […]
To view Black Jesus click here. I’d honestly be shocked if more than a handful of people around here have heard of Black Jesus (1968) before today. Barely released in American theaters by one-shot outfit Plaza Pictures and never given a legitimate home video release (ignore the bootleg DVDs), this is a rough, tough and […]
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