'Casablanca' - a beautiful relationship that starts at the end of the movie | KPCC
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's passionate, short-lived marriage began with their affair on the set of 'To Have and Have Not.'. kisses we've ever seen, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart truly did telling Vanity Fair that their relationship was "one of these instances. Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. Sleep (), Bogart and Bacall's on- screen relationship bloomed into a permanent one. That it was okay to trust.
But Lauren Bacall's husky query to Humphrey Bogart: The two of them defined the cigarette as sex toy, lighting each other up in all kinds of ways, circumventing the strict morals of contemporary cinema with inference as heavy as cigar fumes after a party.
In the opening credits of The Big Sleep, the camera rests on the cigarettes that Bogart's silhouette lights for them both, side by side in an ashtray, turning to ash while the off-screen couple presumably do whatever it is couples do that stops them smoking freshly-lit cigarettes before they burn down.
Bacall has said that director Howard Hawks wanted a woman "to approach a scene with a man as a man would. He wanted insolence and he wanted a woman in control". He got rather more than he wanted. In a pattern that would continue throughout Bogart and Bacall's life together, reality came to reflect the movie. Bogart's talk in films was all of his detachment "I'm fighting nobody's battles but my own," he says in Key Largo but it was just that -- talk. Bacall, with her sharp tongue and long-eyed look, rumbled him.
ByBogart had made it as a star and as a romantic lead in Casablanca, although his image as the hardest-boiled egg in the coop was still a problem. Any actor who can convincingly turn down Ingrid Bergman for Claude Rains -- a beautiful woman for a beautiful friendship -- is going to have difficulties as a lead.To Have And Have Not - Bogart and Bacall
Bogart was a last-century man, born on Christmas Day As an actor his sensibility derives from the Wild West, a lawless, gunslinging world where the code of honour is no antiquated frivolity but an essential chapter in the survivor's handbook.
Bergman in Casablanca is a lady in western terms: As long as he played opposite women like this, Bogart would have to love 'em and lose 'em. But along came Betty Bacall, 19 years old and newly renamed Lauren, a model and aspiring actress who had been spotted in Harper's Bazaar magazine by Hawks's wife Slim. Lauren wasn't ever going to ask her man to think for both of them, as Bergman had in Casablanca.
In To Have And Have Not, her first film, she was like the bee the drunk old sailor Eddie mentions which stings even when it's dead -- especially if it died angry. She told Bogart how to whistle, in words that a year-old man was more likely to be using to a young girl than vice versa "you just put your lips together and blow". Bogey's Baby was a willowy blonde with slanting blue-green eyes and a habit of looking up from under them that, despite originating from nerves, was anything but coy.
Of course he fell in love with her. Anybody watching the film -- shot, unusually, in sequence -- can follow the progress of that on-screen, off-screen love, culminating in an open, tender smile Bogart never displays elsewhere on screen. Bogey always wore his toughness like an open raincoat: Bacall invited him in out of the storm, took that raincoat and made him comfortable.
She was the poor little Jewish girl from the Bronx who looked like a lady and he was a surgeon's son who appeared to have left his tie in a vat of whisky a while back and never bothered buying a new one. They called each other Slim and Steve after their characters in the film and they took those characters home with them.
Hawks, who was the original Steve to his wife's Slim even in the film, these are nicknames: But Hawks had cast himself as Pygmalion to Bacall's Galatea she has said that he "had a kind of Svengali approach to l'il ol' me": Still, it is undeniable that all three did some of their best work in the two films they made together.
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The chronology is interesting. Bogart was six years into his third marriage, to the actress Mayo Methot, when he met Bacall. The "Battling Bogarts", as they were known, kept a carpenter on call to repair the damage from their drunken fights. Bogart finally left Methot on the set of The Big Sleep later that year. His divorce came through on May 10, and he married his Baby on May Bogart, normally so reliable, disrupted filming on The Big Sleep as he drank his way through the breakdown of his marriage and the insecurity of committing to a year-old girl.
Again, art mirrored life -- or vice versa. The Big Sleep is a film noir classic based on Raymond Chandler's novel, but even Chandler was unable to unravel the film's plot once it had been knitted into a screenplay. Bogart apparently brought shooting to a halt by asking who had killed Owen Taylor, one of the film's many corpses. This is no problem for the film, a wonderfully sleazy stroll through gangsterland where only the repartee flies thicker and faster than the bullets.
The underlying narrative uncertainties fit perfectly with film noir, a genre that introduced shadows on to the black and white screen of early American cinema -- shadows that mirrored the murky moral landscape behind the screen. But it must have been hell for a man whose private life was also in a shadowy state of moral confusion.
And we can easily imagine Rick and Louie as partners in the Underground, sabotaging the Nazis in various adventures together that may or may not make them a few francs.
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It would have made a fun sequel. But for us, the beautiful friendship is with the movie. When I was asked to speak today, of course I accepted. And then I panicked. And we like hearing those lines again and again. So, I asked my listeners for help. I asked them to write a few words about their beautiful friendship with the movie.
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And they came through. Patricia Thomas wrote about the first time she saw it. The entire scene with the Bulgarian bride, from " This, by the way, was a plotline that was written to get past the censors.
I learned the lyrics of La Marseillaise long before I could speak French, all because of the incredible melodic standoff between Victor Laszlo and the Nazi bastards. I get goosebumps just thinking about that scene. This scene has an extra layer because it also shows Yvonne, who was hanging with the Nazis, coming to her senses and realizing she is French, after all.
Bacall on Bogart
The woman who played her, Madeleine LeBeauis the last surviving cast member. Casablanca is one of the very few movies I can see over and over again. It's one the best romantic movies ever made. Although several endings were considered for the movie, the one that was decided upon has become the classic ending of a motion picture.
I've never seen the movie on the big screen, but it doesn't matter, the primary impact is the story. I'm a romantic at heart and the ending always leaves me misty eyed and in need of a deep breath to bring me back down to earth. It's hard to relate to Casablanca's storyline if one has never traveled, especially to Paris, and has had a romantic interlude during a time of war.
In my case, that was the war in Vietnam. I'd seen it on TV, but back when I lived in Baltimore they showed it at a gorgeous restored Art Deco movie theater as part of their 50th anniversary retrospective. I was struck by the abundance of humor in what is, of course, a dark story.
I never think of Casablanca as being funny, but there are some wonderfully funny moments that are far more obvious when you're watching on the big screen. Casablanca thrilled me- formed a picture I had of an exotic North Africa. I fell in love with Rick- even though I was a girl, I wanted to be Rick!
Adventurer and lover, with that same sense of humor. I knew when the movie started that this was something very very special.