DVD - 2011
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An American gun-runner stuck in Syria matches wits with a French intelligence officer amid civil war and intrigue.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Culver City : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Siroc
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm.


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Nov 21, 2016

This is a 1951 American film noir directed by Curtis Bernhardt, based on the novel "Coup de Grace" written by Joseph Kessel.
In 1925 Damascus, the Syrians are engaged in a guerrilla war against the French rule of Syria.
Harry Smith (Humphrey Bogart) is an amoral American black marketeer secretly selling them weapons.
As the situation deteriorates, French General LaSalle (Everett Sloane) orders that civilians be executed each time his soldiers are killed, but his head of military intelligence, Colonel Feroud (Lee J. Cobb), persuades him to rescind the plan.
Compared to "Casablanca (made in 1942)", this film seems flat and slow-paced, and Feroud's unhappy mistress, Violetta (Märta Torén), looks more like a pupette than the love interest in "Casablanca".
After all, it is a half-baked attempt to rekindle some of the ingredients that made "Casablanca" such a success.

Nov 01, 2015

One of Bogart's lesser movies made 9 years after Casablanca and patterned after it. Bogart is caught between the French army in Syria and the local independence movement. Lee J. Cobb dominates the rather slow first half. The femme fatale is Marta Toren who in real life died of a brain hemorrhage 6 years after this movie. For Bogart fans only.

Sep 06, 2015

This turned out to be very interesting. Bogart & Cobb were excellent as always and supported by a great array of character-actors.

The lighting, cinematography & sets were atmospheric.

The story was good, but my attention was mostly attracted by the characters.

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