Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 20: Fri Jan 20

To Have and Have Not (Hawks, 1944): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm


This 35mm screening is part of the Big Screen Classics season at BFI Soutbbank. The film is also being shown on January 22nd and 31st. Full details here.

There's some fascinating work on the movie by academics Catherine Grant and Ian Garwood. Here is Grant's tribute to Lauren Bacall and you can find Garwood's video and accompanying text featuring the film here.

Chicago Reader review:
Howard Hawks's 1944 answer to Casablanca (which he was originally set to direct but lost to Michael Curtiz) is a far superior film and every bit as entertaining. Humphrey Bogart, the captain of a charter boat in a Nazi-held French colonial port, gradually grows into the Hawksian ethos of action and responsibility as he reluctantly enters World War II in order to protect a rummy (Walter Brennan) and win a woman (Lauren Bacall). In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.

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