Friday, July 30, 2010

Links: The African Queen

From Variety's spoilerish original review of the film, on December 26, 1951:

"This story of adventure and romance, experienced by a couple in Africa just as World War I got underway, is an engrossing motion picture. Just offbeat enough in story, locale and star teaming of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn to stimulate the imagination. It is a picture with an unassuming warmth and naturalness that can have a bright boxoffice chance through good selling and word-of-mouth."

The Independent recounts the story around the legendary on location shoot, when Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and John Huston went crazy in the jungle. Kind of like the making of Apocalypse Now, only with fewer drugs and more elephants. Hepburn even wrote a book about it which I bet you could get at Cinema Books.

Clint Eastwood also made a film about it, the very good and very underrated White Hunter, Black Heart. Jonathan Rosenbaum writes about it in relation to Eastwood and Huston's careers at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Did you know London has its own African Queen? Dine in style while floating down the Thames. I'd go for the mussels.

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