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Humphrey Bogart: A Life In Film (Movie Greats) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Schickel
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Book Description

Thanks to iconic roles in films such as The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart was and is known as a “tough guy.” Yet the more complicated truth about him has, until now, remained out of focus. We have gone thundering past the intersection where personal history and screen character meet and mutually inform each other, argues legendary, award-winning film critic Richard Shickel. In this book, he lingers at that crossroads and contemplates the evidence about who and what Bogie really was.

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  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (December 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JT7YLY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Look at Bogart and His Films February 4, 2012
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(Kindle edition) Mr Schickle is a respected critic of movies and popular culture, so I eagerly puchased this e-book in the hopes that it would bring some new insights to a favorite actor and his body of work. Alas, "Humphrey Bogart: A Life in Film" covers no new ground, and none of the movies are examined in depth. The author gives a quick once-over to Bogart's life, and then attempts to uncover the secret of his lasting success in the cultural life of the United States and, indeed, the world.

The author's premise is that the most successful films of the actor were made when he assumed the role of a declassed gentleman, in films such as "Casablanca," "Key Largo," and some others, and that it was as the declassed gentleman that we also see his personal life. Bogart came from a socially prominent family, attended prep school, but then had to leave under less than favorable circumstances and join the Navy during World War I. He had a career on Broadway, then assumed to be the superior entertainment vehicle, prior to going to Hollywood. He played gangsters, and was woefully miscasted in a handful of Westerns, but was successful as Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest," a movie that the author detests.Bogart then went on to work regularly in an uneven series of movies until the making of the cult classic "The Maltese Falcon," where he assumed the role of declassed gentleman. The author tends to cherry pick and praise the movies that support his declassed gentleman premise ("Falcon,"Casablanca," "Key Largo") but minimize the success of movies such as "High Sierra," where the actor played an out-and-out criminal from the lower middle class, albeit with a heart of gold.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly written May 31, 2012
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Very disappointing book. Good history for the films but I am glad I bought this at a low cost. Not a good read, fast but boring.
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