Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Petrified Forest

Although usually considered deficits, the deliberate staginess and talkiness serve the material well. The conflicts are simultaneously melodramatic and subtle and both would have lost their appeal with an active camera or lots of action. To be clear, the biggest action is Lesley Howard climbing a ladder. Bogart appears mid-show and steals it away from the principals immediately and permanently. Good stuff.

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