The Essential Humphrey Bogart by Constantine SantasThe Essential Humphrey Bogart by Constantine Santas

The Essential Humphrey Bogart

byConstantine Santas

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Many film fans consider Humphrey Bogart the ultimate star of Hollywood's golden era. He rose from supporting roles in the early 1930s to become a superstar by the end of the decade. Bogart appeared in more classic films than just about any other actor in American cinema. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, and The African Queen, Bogart starred in dozens of other highly regarded films until his death in 1956.In The Essential Humphrey Bogart, Constantine Santas looks at the most important films of this Hollywood legend's career. Along with the established classics, this book discusses other films that showcase Bogart's superb acting talents, such as High Sierra, To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, In a Lonely Place, Beat the Devil, The Caine Mutiny, Sabrina, and The Desperate Hours. Presented in chronological order, these films chart the actor's ascent from stereotypical roles as gangsters in The Petrified Forest and Dead End to iconic roles like that of Sam Spade, Rick Blaine, and Philip Marlowe. In all of these performances Bogart showed his versatility, playing a variety of characters from tough detectives and war heroes to a lawyer, writer, gold prospector, river rat, and even a priest.Containing a brief biographical sketch of the actor, this volume then looks at each of Bogart's most significant films. Each entry states why the particular movie was included and is followed by a plot analysis, critical views from film historians, and DVD/Blu-ray availability. A key to the ranking system helps the reader select what film to view at his or her leisure. Highlighting more than thirty-five films, The Essential Humphrey Bogart is a must-have companion for every fan of this actor's work and will no doubt introduce viewers to other films to put on their must-see list.

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Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College, Florida. He is the author of Responding to Film (2002), The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster (2008), and The Epic Films of David Lean (2012), as well as coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014), all published by Row...
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Title:The Essential Humphrey BogartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.35 × 6.23 × 0.9 inPublished:April 16, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442260939

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1: Movies from 1930s and 1940s.2: Movies from 1941 to 19453: From 1946 to 1951: Film Noir, Santana Productions4: The Final Period: 1951-1956. FilmographyBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

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Of course, over the years, there have been many books written about the legendary Bogart - but this handsome looking volume reviews no less than thirty eight of the stars films (complete with plots, full cast lists and behind-the-scenes information) from 'The Petrified Forest' in 1936 to 'The Harder They Fall in 1956.... I found this book absolutely fact filled, with much research undertaken and I certainly recommend it to MVM readers and Humphrey Bogart fans alike.