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The Petrified Forest (1930s)


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#1 jamesjazzguitar

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 01:31 PM

This is a favorite of mine.  Bogey can be menacing when called for.  The Leslie Howard character is one I can't forget.  His fatalism is quite poignant.  Here's a man living in a cold, soulless age - the 1930s - of machines who realizes he's swimming against the tide.  The portrayal is timeless, and you can see that character updated to the times we live in now. 

 

The cold,  soulless age - the 1930s!   This is why I mentioned that the film (play), could be remade in many other eras.   E.g.  Hippies felt that the 60s and 70s was a cold, soulless age and where trying to get back to nature and work with nature instead of trying to dominate it.

 

The play would also be relevant to our current soulless age of social media and how nature is 'winning' in so many areas;  failing dams,  climate change,   pollution etc.,.,   



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 01:12 PM

Anyone else a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest? I've seen this film probably about 10 times or so.

This is a favorite of mine.  Bogey can be menacing when called for.  The Leslie Howard character is one I can't forget.  His fatalism is quite poignant.  Here's a man living in a cold, soulless age - the 1930s - of machines who realizes he's swimming against the tide.  The portrayal is timeless, and you can see that character updated to the times we live in now. 



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 06:43 PM

 

 

PS:  The interaction between the two black men is also very telling and interesting as it relates to the times.  

 

I love the interaction between those two!



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:35 PM

Thanks for the information in your second paragraph! As for the classification of this film, it's probably a gangster-drama-romance film. By the way, I like both Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. As for Bogart, he's probably one of my favorite actors.

 

Bogart is my 3rd favorite actor (Grant being 2nd).    Bogie was a little stiff in The Petrified Forest but how he held his arms in some scenes in the film was modeled after Dillinger.    Still it looks odd to me.     There are so many great scenes in this film but two that stand out are the roof top one with Howard and Davis.    That dialog fits every decades but especially the hippie era as it relates to mankind trying to control nature but nature will always 'win'.

 

The other scene is where Bogart and Howard discuss women and how much each is a snap for a gal.    While the two men come from very different places in life,  when it comes to women,,,  well,   they were so much like the rest of us!

 

PS:  The interaction between the two black men is also very telling and interesting as it relates to the times.  



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:52 PM

The Petrified Forest is my favorite film.   Fantastic dialog with wonderful performances by my two favorite actors,  Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.   But I don't view the film as a gangster film.   The gangster angle is only one part of the plot which resolves around the disillusion of two men; one an intellectual and the other a criminal.   

 

Bogart owns his career to Howard, who wouldn't do the film unless Bogart was given the same role he played on Broadway.    Bogart and Bacall named their child Leslie because they understood how important that was.

 

Thanks for the information in your second paragraph! As for the classification of this film, it's probably a gangster-drama-romance film. By the way, I like both Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. As for Bogart, he's probably one of my favorite actors.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:22 AM

Anyone else a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest? I've seen this film probably about 10 times or so.

 

The Petrified Forest is my favorite film.   Fantastic dialog with wonderful performances by my two favorite actors,  Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.   But I don't view the film as a gangster film.   The gangster angle is only one part of the plot which resolves around the disillusion of two men; one an intellectual and the other a criminal.   

 

Bogart owns his career to Howard, who wouldn't do the film unless Bogart was given the same role he played on Broadway.    Bogart and Bacall named their child Leslie because they understood how important that was.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:45 PM

Anyone else a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest? I've seen this film probably about 10 times or so.


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