With the doldrums of examinations once again upon us, it is a joy to find the Brattle Theatre reverting to its old policy of reviving interesting movies to erase the blight of Cambridge entertainment. The Humphrey Bogart festival, so missed last January, is back (though in truncated form) and a series of good Guinness reruns provide an admirable complement to Big Sleep and Maltese Falcon.
When biology bores and philosophy palls, there is no cure-all like a quick trip to a Bogart movie, where tensions can be worked out by that funny little man who hits back so hard when he gets pushed too far. And no callow youth is really a Harvard Man if he has never seen Casablanca-- the all-time hunk of cinema hokum--during exam period.
For not making us think with Resnais or Bergman in these weary days, Brattle, we salute you. For once again bringing back Bogie, we bless you.