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USA
1950, 97 min

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation

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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.


Synopsis

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.

Joseph Fahim

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).

Contacts

Park Circus Film Company Ltd
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United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 657 9507
E-mail: [email protected]

UCLA Film & Television Archive
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E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation
   
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Ranald MacDougall podle románu / based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
Dir. of Photography: Ted D. McCord
Music: Max Steiner
Editor: Alan Crosland Jr.
Art Director: Edward Carrere
Producer: Jerry Wald
Production: Warner Bros.
Cast: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernández
Sales: Park Circus Film Company Ltd
Contact: UCLA Film & Television Archive
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