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Dark Passage

USA 1947. Dir: Delmar Daves. 106 min. DCP

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall headline writer-director Delmar Daves’s stylish and unusual noir thriller, set in San Francisco, and adapted from the novel by David Goodis. Bogey is a convicted murderer who escapes from prison and undergoes plastic surgery to disguise his identity; Bacall is a wealthy artist who helps him try to prove his innocence. The film makes radical use of the subjective camera; its first third is shot entirely from the Bogart character’s often-dizzying point-of-view. Agnes Moorehead co-stars. Not as well-known as the other three films Bogart and Bacall made together (To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and Key Largo), Dark Passage is nonetheless a hugely entertaining example of hard-boiled, high-octane, ’40s Hollywood movie-making.

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"Brilliantly atmospheric, memorably bizarre."

Time Out | full review