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There are many actors who might get a 24-film set released which would make for a collection of great and/or important films, but few would be so filled with legendary efforts. This is not only true today, as The Humphrey Bogart Essential Collection makes its way to stores, but it will probably always be true. The combination of talent, charisma, and timing is unlikely to come together in such a way again, and no matter what actors come along, none of them will exist in the right decade.
Certain films may leap to mind, of course, like – Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, etc. – and these giants are wonderful to own, but the collection really gets its value from some of the films that aren’t on the short list of titles that everyone automatically thinks of when they hear his name. »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – Having written about DVDs for years, I’ve been lucky enough to receive and buy dozens of star-centered box sets: collections of films based around an actor or director ranging from Bette Davis to Mel Brooks. More often than not, the set is missing an essential film or two, features lackluster video/audio transfers, or includes bare-bones DVDs without bonus material. None of that is true about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection,” one of the best DVD box sets ever released.
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
The first thing one will notice about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection” is that it lives up to its name. The set includes 24 films from the period in which Bogart went from a stage star to one of the biggest stars in the world. And, from that period, everything that matters is here including Bogart’s most-beloved classics: “High Sierra,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca, »
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The joy at seeing two of Humphrey Bogart’s greatest films arrive on Blu-ray for the first time is tempered by some of Hollywood’s age-old tricks. Studios love selling us as many different versions of the same movie as they can, and the newly minted Blu-rays of The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre are no exception. Both films stand as indisputable classics, but the discs themselves smack of quick-fix delivery: serving as placeholders for better things to come. Hit the jump for my full review.
None of the difficulty with the discs should reflect poorly on the movies themselves. Falcon remains the quintessential detective story, rocketing Bogart to the heights of stardom for his indelible portrayal of hard-boiled Pi Sam Spade. Director John Huston ushered in the era of noir with a seamy retelling of Dashiell Hammett’s pulp novel, about a fabled statue that everyone »
- Rob Vaux
Chicago – The personal life of an entertainer shouldn’t be of any entertainment value, regardless of how celebrity gossip columns and the paparazzi would like to convince the general public otherwise. Who cares if two famous people have chemistry if it doesn’t show up onscreen? Yet when a real-life couple stars in a film together, it’s nearly impossible to watch them without wondering how much truth is reflected in their cinematic relationship.
That’s exactly what many moviegoers will be contemplating when they watch Nanette Burstein’s new Apatow-influenced rom-com, “Going the Distance,” which pairs two stars whose on-again, off-again relationship has been heavily publicized. Whether Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have tangible, engaging chemistry remains to be seen and judged by audiences willing to by a ticket. Until then, here is my list of the top ten real life on-screen couples: the good, the bad and the ugly. »
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This week’s Wamg Top 10 is having a look at all the on and off-screen couples of Hollywood. The Drew Barrymore/Justin Long romantic-comedy, Going The Distance, comes out next Friday on September 3rd, so we thought we’d give it a go with our list of favorite “Work and Play Couples.” Let us know what you think and who you would put on the list in the comments section below.
Lucille Ball was a rising star under contract to Rko Studios when she was cast as the female lead in the film version of the Broadway smash Too Many Girls. Prior to the start of filming she was introduced to the young Cuban singer who had taken New York City by storm, Desi Arnaz. Stories from several sources in that Rko office said that sparks flew when they locked eyes on each other. »
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Lauren Bacall on TCM: To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Confidential Agent (1945) A Spanish spy and an American heiress battle fascists in England. Cast: Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Peter Lorre. Dir: Herman Shumlin. Bw-118 mins. 5:00 Am Dark Passage (1947) A man falsely accused of his wife’s murder escapes to search for the real killer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Delmer Daves. Bw-106 mins. 7:00 Am Blood Alley (1955) An American sailor breaks out of a Chinese jail and dodges Communist agents on the road to Hong Kong. Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix. Dir: William A. Wellman. C-115 mins. 9:00 Am Cobweb, The (1955) Inmates and staff at a posh asylum clash over love and lunacy. Cast: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-124 mins. 11:30 Am Key Largo (1948) A [...] »
- Andre Soares
Oscar-winning film star who displayed great courage in her return to the screen
Perhaps the most famous line spoken on screen by the actor Patricia Neal, who has died of lung cancer aged 84, was "Klaatu barada nikto!" in Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). These incomprehensible words, uttered to a robot which carries her into a spaceship, save the world from destruction. Neal won her Oscar for a more down-to-earth performance, as the cynical, world-weary housekeeper Alma Brown in Martin Ritt's contemporary western, Hud (1963). "It was a tough part to cast," Ritt remarked. "This woman had to be believable as a housekeeper and still be sexy. It called for a special combination of warmth and toughness, while still being very feminine. Pat Neal was it."
Perhaps the most telling indication of Neal's gifts was the fact that, although the role was quite a brief one, the »
- Ronald Bergan
The Oscar-winning actor Patricia Neal has died aged 84. We look back over her career in clips
Write-ups of the life of Patricia Neal, who died from lung cancer in Martha's Vineyard yesterday, tend to be dominated by two things: her marriage to the author Roald Dahl, and her fall into a coma for three weeks when pregnant with their fifth child (Dahl subsequently oversaw her rehabilitation). But look back over clips of Neal's career and her remarkable talent and intensity once more come into sharp focus. With her deep, sardonic voice, her blazing eyes and pickaxe cheekbones, Neal was a most imposing leading lady. But she was also good-humoured, with a great, uninhibited cackle and a sly sideways glance that suggested a fine sense of fun.
- Catherine Shoard
It's not just Woody Allen who's trumpeting an enthusiasm for May-to-December romances on the big screen. Should he, and his ilk, be berated? Or might they be helping save lives?
Once more, Woody Allen's genius has brought forth a poignant liaison between a dour but lovable greybeard and a naive but discerning tootsie. Or, to put it another way, a peevish old goat manages to cop off yet again with a complaisant babe.
If you've seen Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Mighty Aphrodite, you won't be surprised by the scenario on which Whatever Works relies. But Woody's aren't the only movies in which an older guy gets lucky.
You may have heard tell of To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, An American in Paris, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gigi, High Society, Love in the Afternoon, South Pacific, Rio Bravo, The Sound of Music, Last Tango in Paris, »
- David Cox
The 1982-83 ABC adventure series Tales Of The Gold Monkey owed its existence to the success of Raiders Of The Lost Ark the year before, though creator Donald Bellisario always said he had a different model in mind: the films of Howard Hawks, specifically Only Angels Have Wings and To Have And Have Not. Set on the fictional South Sea island of Boragora in 1938 and starring Stephen Collins as rakish cargo pilot Jake Cutter, Tales Of The Gold Monkey was less about wild jungle adventures than about hanging around in beachside bars with hard-bitten men and women of varying »
Director Peter Bogdanovich.
Interviewing Peter Bogdanovich for the April 2002 issue of Venice Magazine was a thrill for me. Like Francis Coppola, John Frankenheimer, and William Friedkin before him, Bogdanovich was one of those filmmakers whose one-sheets hung on my bedroom walls growing up. Plus the fact that he himself had a renowned career as a film historian and interviewer of his own childhood heroes, such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, and dozens of others, made our talk a real feast.
Not long after the article was printed, I received a letter with a New York City postmark. The note enclosed said simply: “Dear Alex, thanks for doing your homework so well, and thanks for the good vibes. All the best to you of love and luck, Peter Bogdanovich.”
Our chat remains one of my favorites during my 15 year tenure as a film writer. --A.S.
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In the new film "Breaking Upwards," struggling twentysomething couple Daryl and Zoe decide to address their relationship problems by planning and then executing their own breakup. Daryl is played by director/producer/editor/co-writer Daryl Wein, Zoe is played by producer/co-writer Zoe Lister-Jones, and the breakup in the film is based on the one the two went through in real life. In his director's statement, Wein says that the duo "thought it would make it more interesting to explore the nature of performance by casting ourselves in the roles. To be in the story, as opposed to having a fictional couple play us, gives the film a true sense of authenticity."
Actors act, and people who hate each other off-screen can spark with electricity on it and vice versa. But there is something innately fascinating, and extremely voyeuristic, about movies in which people who are or who were intimate »
- Matt Singer
Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib Raquel Welch is the guest programmer tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Welch and Robert Osborne will be introducing and discussing four Hollywood classics: Adam’s Rib (1949), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and To Have and Have Not (1945). One thing those movies have in common is strong roles for women, even though Jean Arthur’s and Lauren Bacall’s are subordinate to those of James Stewart and Humphrey Bogart. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Katharine Hepburn wasn’t for Adam’s Rib, though she should have been. Too bad Welch won’t be discussing Myra Breckenridge, which also had a couple of strong roles for [...] »
- Andre Soares
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
"You don't understand! »
Raquel Welch will join Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies this spring to present four of her favorite films in TCM’s "Guest Programmer" series on Thursday, April 1. Welch will discuss Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall’s To Have and Have Not, in addition to a couple of films featuring strong-willed women: George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with Jean Arthur and James Stewart. The last presentation of the Welch evening will be the girl flick of 1961, Blake Edwards‘ Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in which Audrey Hepburn’s sweet sex worker (not that you’d actually be told what the character does for a living) finds both [...] »
- Andre Soares
Last night Quentin Tarantino was the subject of an Alfred Dunhill Bafta Life in Pictures interview. Ben Child went along to hear the director confirm his love of on-screen violence, and discuss his hopes for a lasting cinematic legacy
Quentin Tarantino was in a fine mood last night. From the moment the film-maker leapt on stage, dapper yet scruffy in black and grey, flashing peace signs at the crowd and beaming ear-to-ear with that maniacal schoolboy grin, you knew he was in the mood to enjoy himself.
Over the course of the evening, he touched on all his films, from 1992's Reservoir Dogs through to last year's Inglourious Basterds. Here was a man who routinely suffers at the hands of the critics for what some see as glaring over-confidence: a man treating his job as one big joke. But if there was one thing that was thrown into focus last night, »
- Ben Child
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