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FLM 148 — Humphrey Bogart: Movie Star, Actor, Icon

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Aug 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Elliot Lavine
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jun 21—Aug 23
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 23
2 Units
Elliot Lavine
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
​​This course encapsulates the fascinating career of Hollywood's most eclectic and iconic movie star, Humphrey Bogart. We will trace his career from pre-Code, early-1930s crime films through later influential works such as Black Legion and The Roaring Twenties, and the 1940s classics—High Sierra, Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre—that made him Hollywood’s most popular star. We’ll look at the film noir movement with Bogart’s star turns in The Maltese Falcon, The Big Shot, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo; and the 1950s era, when his celebrity image and seasoned maturity came full cycle in deeply human films like In A Lonely Place and The African Queen.

We aim to explore all aspects of Bogart's life and career: his near-self-destructive behavior, tumultuous personal life, and notoriously hard-fought battles with studio heads, plus the conflicted politics of the blacklist era that threatened his career and his anti-hero image during the Vietnam War, a decade after his death in 1957. The films themselves are all timeless reminders that for three solid decades he made an indelible imprint on the fabric of American popular culture that remains today.

All films can be rented or streamed through Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play Movies, or other online platforms.


Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer and filmmaker for more than thirty years. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir.