The film itself is ubiquitous and probably 'unreviewable' so here's a quick anecdote in lieu of a review. It's the film I've seen more than any other - at least 30 times, I reckon - and I'm familiar with every single sentence of the script. I know what the actors are going to say before they deliver their words! A curse more than a blessing, because there are no surprises for me anymore with this film. BUT!! I feel like…
Brief Synopsis: Two French officers (Pierre Blanchar, Jean Angelo), lost in the Sahara desert, are kidnapped and taken to the lost city of Atlantis, whereupon they meet its Queen (Brigitte Helm).
Verdict: The second adaptation of Pierre Benoit's fantasy novel - after a 1921 Silent version directed by Jacques Feyder - was a German production filmed simultaneously in German, French and English by G.W. Pabst. Common to all three in the role of Antinea was Helm, whose dual…
5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:
1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.
2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.
3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.
4. Gloria Grahame is in it.
5. It just 'is', OK?!
Kirk has passed at the age of 103..
My movie hero - the Legend whose films have brought me so much enjoyment for decades - is no longer with us.
I can't say anything else because the news has just broken and I'm numb.
God Bless you, Kirk, for your long life and all the joy you've given me. I love you... xxx