Chris’ Picks for April 2024: Humphrey Bogart Month



Elizabeth’s Books, in the heart of the Town of Lunenburg’s bookselling district, boasts a rental library of more than five thousand DVDs. The shop usually opens around 6 p.m. each evening, never closing earlier than 10 p.m. Each month, proprietor Chris Webb recommends films for your consideration.

“April is Humphrey Bogart month,” says Chris.

This month’s picks:

  • The African Queen (1951)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Action In The North Atlantic (1943)
  • Passage To Marseille (1944)
  • Across The Pacific (1942)
  • All Through The Night (1942)

Some people believe time is a flat circle – everything yet to come has already happened, and everything that already happened is yet to come.

Humphrey Bogart and Lunenburg, together? Not a new concept, if we believe new concepts exist.

In fact, these terms have already been printed beside each other in the New Yorker. Look to the September 2006 piece by writer Calvin Trillin, “Rag Time”.

The piece explores the South Shore culture of hunting for sartorial treasures at Frenchy’s, featuring references to the rainy day pastime of visiting the Fisheries Museum and the discovery of a trench coat like Bogart would wear.

“All things are interwoven with one another; a sacred bond unites them; there is scarcely one thing that is isolated from another. Everything is coordinated, everything works together in giving form to the one universe.” – Marcus Aurelius


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