Though this film bears the same title as Ernest Hemingway’s 1937 novel of the same name, it bears few similarities to its source material. I won’t fake any Hemingway scholarship here, only make a few observations:
The screenplay is written by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner, which feels like a bit of a tragedy, given that THaHN feels like most insipid kind of corporate, commercial film making. More on that later. Directed by Howard Hawks, it doesn’t seem to have a tonal center, as the noir elements don’t pay off.
Shot in 1944, while WWII was still raging and 2 years after Casablanca (1942). THaHN is both an odd sort of mirror and deconstruction of former. Bacall’s character, Marie ‘Slim’ Browning is definitely a person that you’d want to keep in front of you at all times. [Read more →]