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1950, 97 min
Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation
|211||Saturday||21/8 8:30||Grand Hall|
|5D2||Tuesday||24/8 10:00||Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre|
|824||Friday||27/8 15:00||Small Hall|
Michael Curtiz’s somber, restrained rendition of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not conjures up the true spirit of the novel. John Garfield plays a former wartime naval officer who gets entangled in illicit trafficking. The noir cloak barely conceals what is essentially an affecting character study of a man coming to terms with the fact that his life didn’t turn out as he imagined.
Long overshadowed by Howard Hawks’ flashy 1944 screen version, Michael Curtiz’s somber, restrained rendition of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not is closer in theme and spirit to the novel. It is also the American novelist’s favorite screen adaptation of any of his books. In the finest performance of his short career, John Garfield plays a down-on-his-luck former wartime naval officer who, in an act of desperation trying to provide for his struggling family, gets entangled in illicit trafficking. The noir cloak barely conceals what is essentially an affecting character study of a man coming to terms with the fact that his life didn’t turn out as he imagined. This is a story of post-war disillusionment – the squashed dreams of financial prosperity and familial bliss, and the taxing moral price of survival in the new America.
35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by Warner Bros. in association with The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
About the director
Michael Curtiz (1886, Budapest – 1962, Los Angeles). Selected filmography: Queen of Sin and the Spectacle of Sodom and Gomorrah (1922), 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Casablanca (1942), Night and Day (1946), The Breaking Point (1950), We’re No Angels (1955).
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About the film
Black & white, 35 mm
|Section:||Tribute to The Film Foundation|
|Screenplay:||Ranald MacDougall podle románu / based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway|
|Dir. of Photography:||Ted D. McCord|
|Editor:||Alan Crosland Jr.|
|Art Director:||Edward Carrere|
|Cast:||John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernández|
|Sales:||Park Circus Film Company Ltd|
|Contact:||UCLA Film & Television Archive|