When Everything Seems Hopeless

Remember the African Queen.

Deborah Barchi
Live Your Life On Purpose
3 min readApr 25, 2020

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Humphrey Bogart (Charlie)and Katharine Hepburn (Rose) struggle to free themselves from a swamp in the 1951 film The African Queen. Cinematography by Jack Cardiff

The African Queen, one of the best American films ever made, featuring two of Hollywood’s most enduring actors, has been called a patriotic adventure/romance.

It is all that. But when I think of The African Queen, which I have watched with great delight many times over the years, I think of one brief but powerful scene more than any other.

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Deborah Barchi
Live Your Life On Purpose

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.