This yearТs American Film Festival honors the silver-screen legend Humphrey Bogart.
Published: November 28, 2012 (Issue # 1737)
Humphrey Bogart, a Hollywood legend and one of AmericaТs cultural icons, takes center stage at the upcoming American Film Festival, which will run at the Avrora movie theater from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. BogartТs name graces the festivalТs title this year as it marks the first retrospective festival of the celebrated actor in Russia.
The star of the golden age of Hollywood, Bogart gained worldwide fame and began building his reputation in cinemaТs romantic repertoire after starring in Michael CurtizТs 1942 classic УCasablanca,Ф which opens the festivalТs program at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.
BogartТs name is inextricably linked with that of Lauren Bacall, and the cinematic alliance between them is one of the most striking in the history of Hollywood. The two actors, who met in 1944 when shooting УTo Have and Have Not,Ф made four successful films together and were happily married right up until BogartТs death in 1957.
Audiences at the American Film Festival will be able to appreciate the Bogart-Bacall partnership in two film noir movies: УThe Big Sleep,Ф which will be shown on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., and УKey LargoФ on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
The films on the festivalТs menu also include УSabrinaФ (Dec. 1), УThe Two Mrs CarrollsФ (Dec. 1), УAcross the PacificФ (Dec. 2) and УIn a Lonely PlaceФ (Nov. 29).
The festival in St. Petersburg marks the 70th anniversary of the Oscar-winning УCasablanca,Ф in which Bogart plays a charming world-weary cynic who unexpectedly displays his honorable side at a most unlikely moment.
For the actor, who played opposite Ingrid Bergman in the film, the shooting process was one of the most memorable experiences of his life.
УI didnТt do anything [in СCasablancaТ] IТve never done before, but when the camera moves in on that Bergman face, and sheТs saying she loves you, it would make anybody feel romantic,Ф Bogart would later say.
In 2010, УCasablancaФ was rated the second most romantic film of all time by BritainТs Guardian newspaper.
УThe romantic or erotic energy is sublimated in the most impeccable cause of all Ч the war effort. Rick forsakes Ilsa as part of his new commitment to the fight against fascism,Ф reads the review in The Guardian. УCasablanca stands for movie romance in great part because it is hardly true to life. It seemed to be history coming to life Ч it opened just after the allies had occupied the real Casablanca. In fact, divorce and infidelity rates increased rapidly during the war. But Casablanca reassured us all; it promised that honor was intact.Ф
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