(2.5 | 2K) Can someone kill the narrators? It's too evident the way Mankiewicz manipulates the narrative. The stitches show albeit all the wrapping. It feels like a shit-shot's show off. That ever returning to the funeral present tense is a drag. The ending is very maladroit. And there are also good things.
Non sono (quasi) mai stata affascinata dai personaggi di bogart (sì, mi merito la sassaiola) ma ogni singola battuta che pronuncia in questo film è un piccolo capolavoro. E se questo non bastasse, l'atmosfera che regna in questo film, dall'inizio alla fine, è qualcosa di raro e preziosissimo.
It is surprising that someone as savvy as Mankiewicz could have made a movie as unhip as this. It is fun to watch but it is crap. Ava Gardner is something else, however. Jack Cardiff's cinematography is sublime, as usual.
A modestly proportioned behind-the-scenes Hollywood melodrama that collapses under the weight of a triptych of narrators. The friendship sans romance between Bogart and Gardner was refreshing, charming, and unexpected.