High Sierra

Dir. Raoul Walsh

US 1941 | Black & white | 100 mins | Crime | Hollywood Classics

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis, Cornel Wilde

This gangster movie, taken out of its urban context and set in the bleak sierras, is a superior vehicle for Bogart’s special blend of cynicism, professionalism and vulnerability, here elegaically embodied as doomed desperado Roy ‘Mad Dog’ Earle, meeting his death in the eponymous grey cliffs that rank among Walsh’s most memorably symbolic locations. Dialogue by John Huston and W R Burnett.

‘Has everything – speed, excitement, suspense… and that suggestion of futility which makes for irony and poetry.’ – New York Times, 19

Available on: 35mm

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