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Bogart em “Deadline USA”, o clássico do jornalismo


Como já alguém escreveu sobre “Deadline USA”, filme de 1952 com Humphrey Bogart como protagonista, “Bob Greene of the Chicago Tribune has called this the best journalism movie ever made. He is absolutely right.

“If you are interested in art movies, see Citizen Kane. If you are interested in screwball comedy, check out His Girl Friday. If it’s history you’re after, watch All the Presidents Men. If you want to see a classic journalism movie, rent one of the multiple versions of The Front Page, but if you want to see a movie that actually shows you what life is like inside a newsroom, how reporters work together to get a story, and how “the story” is not always about the big expose but sometimes just about getting the little details right, this is your movie.

“You can also watch Ron Howard’s The Paper, but it’s a pale imitation of this movie.

“The film brings up, a mere 53 years ago, issues that are relevant today – the tabloids versus real, factual news, and the meaning of a free press. These debates continue today, but unfortunately, it seems that the tabloid type of journalism is winning. As for a free press – our press might be freer than many, but it isn’t entirely free. As anyone who lost money in the great savings and loan scandal can tell you, important stories disappear from the front pages all the time.

“Bogart’s strong performance is the engine that keeps this film going, and there’s a nice performance by Kim Hunter as his ex-wife. Deadline USA reminds us of the good old days, when you could believe what you read in the New York Times.”

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