|Bogart and Hepburn in The African Queen|
One of the great things about a movie theatre showing classic films is that most of us have never had the opportunity to see these classic films on a big screen. If we've seen them at all, it's been on TV, usually chopped to shreds to make room for the inevitable and, sadly, necessary commercials.
It was a lot of fun to see this film the way it was meant to be seen. The actors are wonderful and the story is gripping. The African Queen garnered several Oscar nods and wins in its day, and they were all well-deserved, but that's not really what I want to discuss here.
|Bogart and Bergman sizzled in Casablanca|
|Bogart really rocked a fedora!|
I asked myself that several times while watching The African Queen the other night.
I still have no clue.
|One of my favorite movies of all time|
Humphrey Bogart achieved an incredible stardom in his three decades on the big screen. Perhaps it was his on-screen persona that made the difference: he was a tough guy in the years leading up to, and following World War II. Perhaps he held an appeal for the male audience with his tough exterior, all the while letting that soft, mushy center show through for the ladies?
I have no idea.
His personal life seems to have been a mess - he was married 4 times. He is remembered as a nice, hard-working man, but he appears to have been as flawed as anyone in Hollywood.
It's one of those questions to ponder.
|Bogart as Linus Larrabee in Sabrina|
If you would like to weigh in on Bogart's appeal, feel free to comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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