May 4, 2009

The African Queen

Title: The African Queen
Year: 1951
Director: John Huston
Writers: James Agee & John Huston, based on the novel by C.S. Forester
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Music: Allan Gray
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Actor (Bogart); Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Hepburn); currently #193 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a Canadian river-boat captain and English missionary trapped in German Africa in WWI try to do something about it
Length: 105 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented on VHS from the library), December 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, cinematography and special effects/design) c. 2.7/4 (Good).

If I didn't know better, I would swear this was a Disney cartoon - especially since Bogart is playing a goofy chipmunk. It would have been a great movie if they hadn't twisted it into an absurd love story. Supposedly it was shot on location in Africa, which is sad because it looks unmistakably like rear projection.

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