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Monday, July 4, 2011

african queen

Last night I watched The African Queen for the first time. I am a big Bogart fan despite only having seen a few of his movies before this one: Casablanca, of course, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Big Sleep.

Loved it. I was expecting a rollicking adventure but I had no idea it would be so funny. I didn't know Bogart could be so hilariously undignified, and I thought Hepburn was incredible, with a few fantastic one-liners: "I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!" Then there's the Captain of the Louisa: "By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution."

It's such a strange movie - it doesn't seem at all likely to work - but somehow it manages to combine Africa, suspense, war, romance, comedy, in a completely charming and exciting way.

Then I tried to go to sleep and kept waking up from dreams about crocodiles and rapids and being stuck in a papyrus swamp and arguing with Mr Allnut. It was most frustrating.


Sarah said...

Sounds really cool! I think I might try and find it. Where did you get yours from?

Allie said...

I rented it from Civic Video in Barrington. The Warehouse might have it? They often have some of the good old classic movies in their $10 racks.

Sarakastic said...

I've always wanted to fall asleep and dream I was in a movie or tv show because this actually happens a lot on sitcoms but never to me.