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When Bogie Met Bacall & Widescreen Wonders

to_have_and_have_not.jpgTO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) on Blu-ray Howard Hawks' masterpiece, loosely adapted from the Hemingway novel with an assist from fellow Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, still scorches the screen thanks to the sparks palpably sizzling off its two leads, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in their first pairing. Freshly-minted screen siren Bacall - still in her teens - matches Bogie's bravado scene for scene lending an air of bemusement to Hawks' sinewy cinema masterstroke. Harry 'Steve' Morgan (Bogart) runs a boat in Martinique, now under Vichy control. When Harry encounters chanteuse Marie 'Slim' Browning (Bacall), he starts a spiral that leads him from pickpocketing to smuggling and finally, heroism. To Have and Have Not's new 2016 master is nothing short of a passport straight to the movie houses of 1944 - and maybe more so. With Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael and Dolores Moran.





A Summer Place


Romance, adultery and the drama of two teens falling in love even after discovering one of their parents had an affair with the other parent years before, all made the 1959 A Summer Place irresistible. Its beautiful and talented cast - Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Constance Ford and Arthur Kennedy - were icing on the cake.

Coffy, 1973





1973ís Coffy didnít light the blaxploitation fuse, so much as it delivered a shotgun blast to the entire keg. Reportedly made to compete with Warnerís Cleopatra Jones, writer/director Jack Hillís thriller brought further into the mainstream ideas that the work of Melvin Van Peebles popularized a few years prior, as well as announced the arrival of a true genre icon.

This is a deservedly angry film, one made in hopes of providing an outlet for the anguish sweeping parts of the nation at the time and helping folks let off some vicarious steam by giving the baddest of bad guys their just desserts. Coffy Ė starring the incomparable Pam Grier and Sid Haig Ė is a more politically and socially savvy picture than one might anticipate given its rough-and-tumble roots, possessing an intelligence that overcomes the odd stilted patche to remain a magnetic slice of cinema all the same.

Itís hell on the streets of Los Angeles. Thanks to a newly-formed alliance between local thugs and a big Italian outfit, crime and drugs are as rampant in the city as ever, with the cops too crooked or powerless to do anything about it. But thereís one citizen concerned enough to take action in the most explosive of ways: Coffy (Grier), a nurse whoís seen her own family torn apart by the junk. She's had it up to here with the scourge and seeks to hit back at those directly responsible. Using her wiles, she moves her way up the underworld ladder, cozying close to and subsequently blowing away a succession of dealers and pimps alike. But even when she ends up crossing mob boss Arturo Vitroni (Allan Arbus), Coffy refuses to go down without a fight, relying on her wits to try convincing the scumbags to take themselves out for her.





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