Friday, April 10, 1998

Dark Passage

027920 / 16 / US / 1947 / Daves, Delmer / / thriller
Dark Passage / Pimeä käytävä. © Warner Bros. P: Jerry Wald. D+SC: Delmer Daves - based on the novel by David Goodis (1946). DP: Sid Hickox. M: Franz Waxman. CAST: Humphrey Bogart (Vincent Parry), Lauren Bacall (Irene Jansen), Agnes Moorehead (Madge Rapf). 106’. B&w Academy. 106’. 16mm print viewed in Helsinki, SEA, Cinema Orion, Good Friday 10 April 1998. *** Framed for his wife’s murder, Humphrey Bogart escapes from San Quentin and changes his face to track down the real killer. Excellent use of subjective camera is in striking contrast to the unhappy experiment in The Lady In the Lake. We first see Bogart’s face when 68 minutes of the film have lapsed, but thanks to the imaginative and exciting cinematography this is never a problem. Too many coincidences at the start weaken my involvement in the story. Otherwise this is a fine thriller.

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