Bogart Film Festival to be Held in May in Key Largo Florida

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Humphrey Bogart Estate and the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce have created an annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo Florida.  The inaugural edition will be held May 2-5 2013.  The festival will be hosted by Stephen Humphrey Bogart the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will feature preeminent film historian and critic Leonard Maltin as a special guest.  The festival opens with a cocktail reception and an outdoor screening of the Bogie-Bacall classic Key Largo. The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival features a formal Bogart Ball a display of Bogart memorabilia and rides on the original fully restored African Queen.  The theme of the inaugural festival is film noir and Leonard Maltin will give a presentation at the Bogart Ball about Humphrey Bogart's contribution to the genre.  The Bogart Ball is a formal event and features a cocktail reception dinner and dancing.  The Bogie memorabilia include personal letters signed contracts movie posters trophies and awards clothing and other unique artifacts. The festival will screen Bogart movies and other iconic films from the film noir genre.  Tracing Bogart's career arc and the history of noir's golden age the following Bogie classics will be screened:  The Petrified Forest  High Sierra  The Maltese Falcon  The Big Sleep  Dark Passage  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre  Key Largo and In a Lonely Place.  Because the actual African Queen boat is in Key Largo Bogie's Oscar-winning turn as Charlie Allnut in The African Queen will also be shown.  Lastly since it's hard to imagine a Humphrey Bogart festival without Rick Blaine  Casablanca will be screened.  In between the Bogie classics in order to provide a fuller picture of the history of film noir classics such as Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard will be screened.  More recent noirs such as Memento Brick and Drive will complete the journey through the world of film noir. Taking advantage of Key Largo's wonderful climate and natural beauty many of the movies will be screened under the stars.