Sunday, August 14, 2011

KEY LARGO (1948)

‘Your head says one thing and your whole life says another. Your head always loses.’
Fifties was time of classic Hollywood noirs and who knew that art better than John Huston and the man of the decade- ‘Humphrey Bogart’. Here he’s accompanied on screen once again by his muse Lauren Bacall and the by default gangster of the era, Mr. Edward G Robinson, here playing the fireball Johnny Rocco.
A lonesome hotel on the harbor holds up by the gangster for the secret deal and caught by the stormy hurricane. Bogart played disillusioned world war soldier paying visit to the father and widow of the dead soldier. He’s the wise guy in the eyes of gangster Rocco. Though his head gave up willingness to fight, he’s the man who doesn’t change his tune. The film is more a trapped drama on single setting until we witness the climax on the boat. Excluding the performances, the film is quite average noir by the standards set by Huston himself, simply because it’s the same year he gave one of his masterpiece ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’.

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