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Bogie: A Celebration of the Life and Films of Humphrey Bogart Hardcover – December 12, 2006

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humphrey Bogart's 1957 death, acclaimed writers Schickel (Brando: A Life In Our Times) and Perry (James Dean) present this illustrated look at one of Hollywood's most lasting icons. Tracing Bogart's life from his well-to-do boyhood through his 20-year film career, this volume covers such highlights as his first films in the 30s, his breakout in 1941's The Maltese Falcon, his Oscar-winning 1951 performance in The African Queen and his last film, 1956's The Harder They Fall, with plenty of space devoted to 1942's Casablance-still regarded by some film enthusiasts as the best picture ever made. Enlivened with more than 200 candid and studio photos-many from the family's private archives and previously unpublished-this "celebration" covers the breadth of Bogart's career admirably, if at times fawningly (especially in son Stephen's foreword). The lengthy appreciation by Schickel, however, is convoluted but critical, taking aim at Bogart's initial lackadaisical approach toward acting and panning some of his earliest work. Likewise, Perry's extensive filmography doesn't flinch, but it occasionally veers into territory already covered by Schickel. A worthy addition to any film buff's library for the photos alone, this should serve as a fine reference.
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In this appreciation of Bogart 50 years after his death, American film critic Richard Schickel observes that of his cohort of male stars, which includes Astaire, Cagney, Tracy, Gable, Cooper, Grant, and Wayne, Bogart now glows the brightest. Projecting tough romanticism in sympathetic roles and evoking unsympathetic characters' demons without negating their humanity--think of Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny, Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (Schickel's pick as Bogart's best performance)--he forged a masculine persona that continues to be the envy of men and irresistible to women. In his review of Bogart's life and career, British film critic George Perry points up Bogart's real personality--preferring privacy and nonactor friends, unwise in marriage until wedding Lauren Bacall, hard-drinking and -smoking, impatient with fools and bullies, genuinely gentlemanly in his manners. While evaluating certain films differently (Perry is kinder to more of Bogart's lesser efforts), the two critics together make this a quite satisfying commemoration of a thus-far unforgettable figure. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on April 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In addition to excellent photos covering Humphrey's life and career, this volume has a concise biography, an insightful appreciation of his acting, and details on all of his nearly 80 films and his dozen or so appearances on the Broadway stage. For casual fans, it is a must-read, and for fanatic fans a must-own. Good job from the creators and publishers, it would make a fine gift for any Bogie-lover one knows.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. S. Graves on January 10, 2011
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There have been some wonderful biographies of Bogart in the past, but here's one that includes some fantastic photos. For the fan that's looking for more than just words, here's a coffee table book that does the man justice, some wonderful still shots of a great actor in his many roles. You get the background of the actor & his movies as well as the pictures that will inspire you to go back & view his movies again. A great gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott V. Garloch on October 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is just what it says-A Celebration of the Life Films of HB-the Stephen Bogart book on HB is more of the biography that I should have gotten-however, the Bogie book is great in its presentation of the films, the actors, and directors of those films
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though not an super in depth biography, this is a nice gift idea for anyone who is a fan of Bogie. The book is hardcover, quite a nice size, and features a lot of great photographs. The first section is a biography of the man and his life, and the second half is a breakdown of his filmography. None of the information is really anything you couldn't find online, but it's nice to have it all in hand. Plus the photos themselves make a worthy reason for purchasing this book.

I got my copy and I am happy I did. It sits next to my much more expensive Kurosawa filmography book, and more people comment on and look through this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metallurgist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Humphrey Bogart was an original - original and irreplaceable. He somehow combined the aura of the tough guy with vulnerability, sensitivity and complexity - facets that come alive in this book. This book discusses his private life as well as his professional career in a very well written and entertaining manner. It contains a forward by the actor's son, and a brief epitaph by Alistair Cooke, but the bulk of the book consists of a 61-page appreciation of the actor and his career by the eminent film critic Richard Schickel and a 100-page discussion of his films by author and critic George Perry. The book is loaded with pictures and penetrating analysis of what made Bogie, Bogie. He was a star who transcended being originally typecast as a prototypical movie gangster to become a much more interesting actor. Unlike some stars of today, he did more than the typical movie star roles by acting in character parts, such as in The African Queen, Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Caine Mutiny. He could be cynical crusader for justice (such as in Knock on any Door or Deadline USA), as well as a ruthless killer (such as in The Petrified Forrest or Dead End). He could be a romantic lead, but not a typical one - rather a world-weary somewhat reluctant one. He projected toughness in a world scarred by depression and war.

This is a great book about a great movie star, one who not only personified movie stardom, but could also act.
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