If you had to stand or fall on just one of your films, which one would it be?
John Huston: I can’t name just one. I realize that the honors falling on me now are for the cumulative weight of my work. But I especially like The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would Be King, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Fat City, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. And I like moments in all my work, whatever the reason I made the picture, including some that I don’t like on the whole. I always shot each scene as if it was the most important scene in the picture and shot every picture as though it was the most important one I ever made.

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn. 1951.

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn. 1951.

Taking a break on the set of The African Queen

Taking a break on the set of The African Queen

Katharine Hepburn on the set of The African Queen

Katharine Hepburn on the set of The African Queen

Lauren Bacall making sandwiches for the crew of The African Queen.

Lauren Bacall making sandwiches for the crew of The African Queen.

Lauren Bacall + John Huston + Humphrey Bogart + Katharine Hepburn on the set of The African Queen

Lauren Bacall + John Huston + Humphrey Bogart + Katharine Hepburn on the set of The African Queen