High Sierra: Film Noir Joins The Criterion Collection

High Sierra, which made Humphrey Bogart a leading man and enabled John Huston to transition to directing, joins The Criterion Collection. This film was pivotal for helping both Humphrey Bogart and John Huston to advance in their careers. The two were friends and drinking partners. Prior to High Sierra, Bogart was a mere supporting player. Because of this, Bogart had to fight Raoul Walsh for the role. Walsh wanted someone like George Raft or Paul…

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Sabrina: Billy Wilder Classic Still Has It

Sabrina may not be in the top tier level of Billy Wilder’s filmography but the romantic comedy teams three of the biggest stars of the era. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of Larrabee family chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams).  Because of his job, the two of them live right above the mansion’s garage.  She has a crush on David Larrabee (William Holden), the playboy of the family.  Upset with this, the film becomes…

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Casablanca: One of the Greatest Films Ever Made

Almost 80 years after Warner Bros. released the film in theaters, Casablanca remains one of the greatest films of all time. Bogart and Bergman in performances that would also define both of their careers.  It was a match made in heaven in casting the film.  A love story that was also doomed from the very beginning. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who remains neutral, runs Rick’s Café Americaine.  It’s December 1941 and this is before the…

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