Heads-up re: TCM, 3/4

By tonight this radiant sun will be long gone, meaning there won’t be much to distract you from watching Howard Hawks’ 1944 masterpiece “To Have and Have Not” on TCM at 8.

It’s common knowledge that Hawks’ filmography is loaded with very fine work, but for me none is finer than this romantic thriller, adapted from the Hemingway novel of the same name by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner (one of Hawks’ two collaborations with Faulkner). The performances by Bogart and Bacall refuse to age; Bogart plays his role with virility and an aura of cool control, moving from one tense, perilous situation to the next, as well as from one enigmatic, calculating broad to the next. Hawks’ compositions are just as to-the-point, his cuts just as logical and his material just as gripping as in any of his other acknowledged classics. Essential viewing, to be sure.


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