Without the scrappy Jewish nightclub owner Billy Rose, there may never have been a movie called “Casablanca,” which premiered 76 years ago today.
Masha Leon first encountered Lauren Bacall in ‘To Have and Have Not’ in as a pre-teen 1944 Montreal. She never dreamed that she would actually meet her.
Legendary film star Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. The sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes who captured Humphrey Bogart’s heart embodied Hollywood’s Golden Age.
It is often forgotten that before the existence of film noir, there was literary noir. The genre came to prominence in novels by James Cain, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, who wrote “The Maltese Falcon” in 1930. Its origins can be found even further back, in Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent,” from 1907. It is therefore no surprise that someone has finally decided to portray the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of literary noir. After all, the conflict has been full of hidden motives, personal vendettas, and tragic killings.