Movie Class 101 – Week 008 – eminently quotable, immediately recognizable, undeniably talented

June 22, 2012

This week we will be exploring the work of Humphrey Bogart.

Bogie can be described with words like ICON and MOVIE STAR.  The real deal.

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These movies will are so ingrained in our pop culture that if you haven’t seen them you still know a great deal about them.  I could spend a lot of time here talking about how the Maltese Falcon is a MacGuffin, or about the symbolism in the love story of Casablanca.  Or how even though he is not the love interest in Barefoot Contessa he still has an amazing rapport with Ava Gardner but in a father figure role.

But I won’t bother.  Just watch the movies.  You’ll get it.

This week’s film list:

1. Maltese Falcon (1941)
2. Casablanca (1942)
3. Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
4. Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Bonus but Recommended Films:

1. The Big Sleep (1946)
2. Key Largo (1948)
3. African Queen (1951)

Discussion questions:

1 – If lines are written by a writer or writers, how much of the zeitgeist of a movie quote is owned by the actor who delivered it?
2 – How many actors do you think have been type-cast who may have had great talent that was never allowed to be showcased on screen?  Do you prefer to see actors stay in the same types of roles or do you like when they try new things?
3 – Do real couples do better on screen with one another than non-couples or do you think it matters as long as the actors are good?  How much does real chemistry play into a good film?


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