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This years American Film Festival honors the silver-screen legend Humphrey Bogart.

Published: November 28, 2012 (Issue # 1737)



  • The classic film noir In a Lonely Place (1950), starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, will be shown on Nov. 29.
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Humphrey Bogart, a Hollywood legend and one of Americas 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. Bogarts name graces the festivals 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 cinemas romantic repertoire after starring in Michael Curtizs 1942 classic Casablanca, which opens the festivals program at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Bogarts 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 To Have and Have Not, made four successful films together and were happily married right up until Bogarts death in 1957.

Audiences at the American Film Festival will be able to appreciate the Bogart-Bacall partnership in two film noir movies: The Big Sleep, which will be shown on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., and Key Largo on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

The films on the festivals menu also include Sabrina (Dec. 1), The Two Mrs Carrolls (Dec. 1), Across the Pacific (Dec. 2) and In a Lonely Place (Nov. 29).

The festival in St. Petersburg marks the 70th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Casablanca, 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.

I didnt do anything [in Casablanca] Ive never done before, but when the camera moves in on that Bergman face, and shes saying she loves you, it would make anybody feel romantic, Bogart would later say.

In 2010, Casablanca was rated the second most romantic film of all time by Britains Guardian newspaper.

The romantic or erotic energy is sublimated in the most impeccable cause of all the war effort. Rick forsakes Ilsa as part of his new commitment to the fight against fascism, reads the review in The Guardian. Casablanca stands for movie romance in great part because it is hardly true to life. It seemed to be history coming to life 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.

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Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Womens Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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