Back in the day, when people sucked down cigarettes like they were health sticks and Josef Stalin gave the original free mustache ride, there was one man who epitomized cool, calm, and collected. Humphrey Bogart dominated the screen in the 1940s and 50s, becoming a cultural icon forever associated with the tough, take no shit character who has a heart of gold hidden down deep behind his hard exterior. And people loved him for it. Was it charisma that drew the audiences in? His infinitely quotable dialogue? The smoking? Maybe. OK, so his acting abilities are debatable and he basically played the same person over and over, but that shouldn’t neglect the fact that a large portion of his creative output resulted in fantastic cinema. With greats from his wide body of work like The Big Sleep, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Maltese Falcon and Key Largo, it’s hard to argue he was doing something wrong. They’ll all be presented this month and then some at the Brattle Theatre, mostly in 35mm, for cinephiles to revel in. Head on over and play it Bogart with Bogie.
REVIEW: A Thousand and One (2023) dir. A.V. Rockwell
A dazzling tale of a mother and son surviving through the changes of New York City