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Great Britain, Italy, United States | 1953 | John Huston
Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, and Robert Morley star in John Huston’s spoof of the international-intrigue thriller, co-written by Truman Capote, about a bunch of rival, shady uranium speculators on the same Africa-bound boat. The problem was that most moviegoers didn’t see this absurd tale as a joke, so the film flopped and Bogie, who invested in it, lost a lot of money. (He called it “a mess.”) It became a cult classic years later; legendary film critic Pauline Kael even dubbed it “the funniest mess of all time.” Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 93 min.
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