Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Key Largo

Partly as research for our upcoming film noir party at WisCon, we went to our local art house to see "Key Largo," a classic featuring Humphrey Bogart, lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore. Bogart is a soldier returned from World War II, visiting the out-of-the-way Key in the steaming off season to visit his fallen comrade's father and widow. He is disgusted to find their resort infested by Robinson and his thugs--a Prohibition Era gangster, since deported, trying to regain a foothold in the USA. "Johnny Rocco" represents all that Bogart's character fought against in Italy, but his disillusionment with events since the war makes him wonder if it is worth risking his life to fight yet another petty tyrant. The tension within is echoed by the tension without as a hurricane gathers. John Huston does a brilliant job of directing the contrast between true courage and the treacherous bravado of the criminals. A real gem of the cinema.
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