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It wasn't until he got to the Congo that the director realized what a funny picture The African Queen was going to be, thanks to the odd coupling of Bogie and Kate: "One brought out a vein of humor in the other, and this comic sense, which had been missing from the book and screenplay, grew out of our day-to-day shooting." Within the gunwales of a not-very-large boat, Huston managed to devise myriad ways to keep his two leading characters on separate visual planes even as circumstance and tender emotional urgency conspired to push them together. This was Huston's first feature film in Technicolor, and the peerless Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes) was there to shoot it. Unfortunately, neither of them could do anything about the process-screen technology needed for, and glaringly inadequate to, the sequence of Bogart and Hepburn shooting the rapids--just about the only lapse in an enchanting fairy tale for adults. The script is credited to Huston and James Agee; the uncredited Peter Viertel, summoned to the African locations to write some additional material, would later fictionalize the experience as White Hunter, Black Heart, a savage roman à clef. --Richard T. Jameson
The 1st time I saw this, I watched it with my gramdmother. He was a Bogie fan and this was one of her favs. Read morePublished 6 days ago by NoOneYouKnow
Excellent Movie!! I can't believe i waited 50 years to watch it!!!! Definitely a "keeper" and should be part of any movie buffs collection!!Published 7 days ago by J. Zastko
CLASSIC!! VERRY GOOD IMAGES CLEAN & CLEAN BUT THE BEST IS THE EXTRAS MAKING OFPublished 7 days ago by Richard
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|When will this great movie be available in DVD Region 1?||
The strange thing is that you can't get a direct answer to this question. This is SUCH a classic. An absolute MUST for any ones film library or viewing. I can't for the life of me, understand what corporate or legal decision is keeping this from a good studio quality DVD copy. All I read are... Read More
Mar 24, 2008 by Larry M | See all 11 posts
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I'm wondering the same thing...is this movie, not counting low-quality imports and bootlegs, FINALLY for sale on an authorized DVD release? Amazon lists the studio as Paramount, so I'm hoping. I'm going to search and post here what I find.
Nov 8, 2009 by Devin Melancon | See all 8 posts
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Yes it has. I got to see it on the old AMC before the changed their stripes, taped it and have since copied that tape to disc. Update am re-recording off TCM as I type this and putting in on disc :-)
Aug 2, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
It means a VHS-Videocasette compatible with the North American television standard NTSC("National Television System Committee".) If your VHS-player only allowed PAL- or SECAM-playback you would not be able to watch this video.
Aug 9, 2006 by Gerald Lenz | See all 2 posts
I agree - Having it released to the rest of the world in Region 2 encoding dosesn't help one bit for us here in the USA. This is the only collaboration of two GREAT stars - Hepburn and Bogart. And arguably one of the movies by either one of them.
Jul 14, 2006 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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