Beat the Devil

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In Brief: As far a cinematic oddities go, John Huston's Beat the Devil (1953) ranks among the strangest. Huston and star Humphrey Bogart were both apparently sick enough of the reputations they built on films like The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre that they chose to parody those films with this one, made up as they went along (with the help of screenwriter Truman Capote). So we have Bogart alongside Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre and Jennifer Jones in an ostensible comedy lampooning some of the greatest genre pictures ever made, and yet the resultant film has been decidedly divisive. What could've gone wrong? I'll let you be the judge of that.
Genre: Adventure Comedy
Director: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard, Marco Tulli
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Beat the Devil on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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