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By lm (Tue Jul 24, 2018 at 06:18:56 AM EST) (all tags)
Apparently I've had The Maltese Falcon on my DVR for over a year.

Fortunately it doesn't really have many fight scenes, just a couple where one guy or the other gets sucker punched and the like.

And that Sam Spade guy sure wasn't cut out for the #MeToo generation. Some of his scenes were downright rapey.



The more I watch old Bogart movies, the more I find him a compelling actor and the more I can see others trying to mimic his acting style in more modern fare. An alternate reality where Bogart was cast in the role of Philip Jennings in The Americans would have been exquisitely superb.

Maltese Falcon was probably my Bogart film favorite to date, not counting films where Bogart wasn't in a lead role like Dark Victory. Casablanca didn't really do all that much for me - far too melodramatic and seriously marred by what was state of the art production values for the time. Scenes were people get shot in old movies are almost as bad as the fight scenes.

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One thing that getting old has taught me by debacle (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jul 26, 2018 at 12:29:30 PM EST
Is that so many interactions are defined by historical context. It's a fun thought experiment to think about what social norms of today will be considered barbaric in centuries to come.

Do you think maybe Casablanca might have been ruined for you because most of the memorable bits have been mined out for cliches in the past $n odd years?


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Nope by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jul 26, 2018 at 09:06:59 PM EST
It's the production quality, the lame way the guy that gets shot at the beginning falls over, etc.

And the melodrama. I loves me a good drama. But Casablanca was more melodramatic than dramatic. A lot of this has to do with the production values.

And a bit to do with The Code.


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African Queen is a fun movie. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Jul 28, 2018 at 07:24:00 AM EST
Bogie and Hepburn were great together.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I think I was in high school last I watched that by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Jul 29, 2018 at 01:57:29 PM EST
Or at least I remember watching it in my dad's house and I wasn't around there very often after my first year of college.

That look of despair on Bogey's face when he realizes he has to get back in the leach filled water was a damn fine moment in film.


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