Thursday, May 2, 2013

Humphrey bogart & lauren bacall

Humphrey bogart & lauren bacall, In the very setting of that famous cinematic face-off between Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson — from the fourth film of the Bogart-Bacall series — the town of Key Largo will be celebrating ol’ Bogie’s legacy this May 2 through 5 during the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival.

In honor of the namesake film’s 65th anniversary, the festival will kick things off by presenting the famous film noir classic “Key Largo” starring Humphrey Bogart, his wife Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor in a special outdoor waterfront screening during Thursday night’s cocktail reception.

Taking place at Key Largo’s Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, the premiere will be hosted by none other than Stephen Bogart, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s son, with esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin as special guest.

If you can’t make it to the festival’s outdoor debut, never fear. The festival will be offering both indoor and outdoor screenings of the best of Bogie’s films throughout the weekend, including such film noir classics as “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Big Sleep” and “Dark Passage,” as well as a special double-feature of the award-winning “Casablanca” and “The African Queen.”

In fact, the festival will be hailing these two American cinema standards by offering cruises on the original and newly restored vessel African Queen along the Key Largo shoreline (by reservation), as well as a Casablanca-themed, red-carpet gala on Saturday, May 4, at the Hilton Key Largo Resort with Stephen Bogart as host and attendees encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the film.

The gala will also be honoring John Huston, long-time friend and director to many of Bogart’s films, by bestowing this year’s film festival award in Huston’s name. In attendance to receive the award on behalf of his grandfather will be “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston.

The festival has not only gained praise by Bogart fans and locals alike, but has also been sanctioned by the Bogart estate, which is producing the event in partnership with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Tickets to Saturday night’s gala (deemed the ‘Bogart Ball’) run for $175 per person, or attendees can purchase individual and double-feature movie tickets for $10 and $20 respectively.

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