has anyone actually read the hemingway novel 'to have and have not'? is it anything like the movie?
It has been many years, but iirc this was kind of his attempt to hack out a crime novel to a) make some quick money and perhaps b) show his hardboiled imitators how it was really done. It doesn't come off as a sustained narrative, maybe because it was written as short stories for magazines. It is much wilder than the movie, very violent and macho -- not as tough as Hammett, but a good imitation of the imitators. All the World War II stuff in the movie is Hollywood, not Hemingway. I've picked it up a few times to re-read, but the creepy 30's racism keeps putting me off.
― Brad C., Saturday, 26 February 2011 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink
Hawks claimed Hemingway told him the book was "junk," but HH was known to embellish the truth.
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 February 2011 16:33 (5 years ago) Permalink
I don't how you measure such things, by my sense is that Mildred Pierce is underrated--that what's great about has been overwhelmed by Crawford's persona, and that it's been reduced to caricature by things like the Carol Burnett parody (which I don't remember, but I'm sure it's great).― clemenza, Saturday, February 26, 2011 2:40 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark
― clemenza, Saturday, February 26, 2011 2:40 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark
it's not really underrated. example: it's been adapted by todd haynes with kate winslett for hbo.
haven't read the book, but it's not a particularly interesting film, unless you specialize in a certain era of hollywood.
― this odyssey that refuses to quit calling itself (history mayne), Saturday, 26 February 2011 17:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
one of Crawford's most boring performances too.
― Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:00 (5 years ago) Permalink
I always laugh when, during the diner montage, Crawford in voice-over says, "I got good tips and was happy to get them." I go, YEAH CUZ IF YOU DON'T GET THEM THAT POOR GUY'S GONNA BE SORRY.
― Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:01 (5 years ago) Permalink
it weirded me out when I found out winslet was playing MP because she feels so young to me still, but then i found out crawford was only 40 when she did it - still seems weird to me though
― ℳℴℯ ❤＼(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
Mildred sposed to have been a young mother I think... (Anne Hathaway is going to be playing 'old' Judy Garland in a biopic, THAT's weird)
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
yeah that's part of the character, but STILL. i just don't want to accept winslet no longer being an ingenue or w/e i guess
― ℳℴℯ ❤＼(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
she's been through two husbands, don't think she gets to be an ingenue
― this odyssey that refuses to quit calling itself (history mayne), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
perhaps costume will show off breeder hips
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:41 (5 years ago) Permalink
Also, the Marseillaise scene makes me cry every time
this is one of the best bits
THAHN is not ALL about sassy seduction - the main love-story is underplayed slightly (the kisses are passionate but fleeting) and the seduction stands for something grander and more escapist about grasping the moment. Plus, when the French couple come in later, injured and tired and deadly serious, there's grit and worry all right, just that it doesn't dominate the mood - it places bogart'n'bacall's happy-go-lucky shenanigans in perspective and gives the picture a more rounded feel
Did not know about the Curtiz remake. Probably owe it a watch now.
― acoleuthic, Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
I think I've got it straight now with regards to Mildred Pierce: with rest of world, not underrated; on ILX, underrated.
― clemenza, Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:49 (5 years ago) Permalink
Surprisingly, I couldn't find any Bogart threads (perhaps time for a poll?), but I'm reviving just to post this:
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 7 May 2012 06:10 (4 years ago) Permalink
Boo! Anyway, it was the bookstore scene from The Big Sleep with Dorothy Malone.
― Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 7 May 2012 06:11 (4 years ago) Permalink
Only watched African Queen for the first time the other day and it completely changed my perception of Bogie. He's so goofy in it!
― I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 9 July 2013 17:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
btw that second go at THAHN, The Breaking Point w/ John Garfield, Phyllis Thaxter and Patricia Neal, is amazingly good.
When you see a '40s vehicle of Bogart's like Dead Reckoning come up second-rate, you realize how great the great stuff was.
― son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 August 2014 21:20 (1 year ago) Permalink