1940s, 4/4, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Review, Thriller

Quai des Orfevres

Alfred Hitchcock considered one film director to be his equal in terms of suspense, and that was the French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot. Most famous for his film Les Diaboliques about a dead master at a boarding school, he predated the French New Wave and was largely discarded by them. It was an unfortunate situation because… Continue reading Quai des Orfevres

1940s, 3.5/4, Howard Hawks, Review, Thriller

To Have and Have Not

#12 in my ranking of Howard Hawks' filmography. Is this a remake of Casablanca? No, but it sure does share a whole lot with Michael Curtiz's film.  Humphrey Bogart is a cynical American in Vichy occupied territory who has to eventually take a side in the fight all around him through an unassuming French underground… Continue reading To Have and Have Not