Humphrey Bogart Film Festival to Star in Key Largo Oct. 12-16
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Film buffs can celebrate an iconic performer who appeared in more than 75 movies during a 50-year career at the fourth annual Key Largo-based Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 12-16.
Commemorating Bogart’s life, his films and the golden era of cinema, the 2016 edition honors the 75th anniversary of “The Maltese Falcon” and the 70th anniversary of “The Big Sleep.” The festival’s Key Largo setting is particularly appropriate since the 1948 film “Key Largo,” starring Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall, was partly filmed on the island.
Returning to co-host events and film screenings is Bogart and Bacall’s son, Stephen Bogart, again joined by acclaimed novelist and film historian Eddie Muller.
Festival highlights include indoor and outdoor single- and double-feature showings of Bogart classics, as well as a free live radio play performance of “The Maltese Falcon.”
Friday night features the Bogie’s Harbor Party, preceding an outdoor showing of a Bogart and Bacall classic “To Have and Have Not.”
Saturday, an island-style awards banquet is to honor a performer whose work most embodies Bogart’s spirit and character. The banquet is to take place at the event’s host hotel, the newly opened Playa Largo Resort & Spa, located at 97450 Overseas Highway, mile marker (MM) 97.4 oceanside.
Complete event details, as well as all-access and single-event passes and merchandise, can be found at http://www.bogartfilmfestival.com.
Throughout the weekend, fans can view Bogart memorabilia, find festival collectibles and book canal cruises on the fully restored African Queen, the original boat from John Huston’s 1951 film of the same name that starred Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The venerable vessel is docked at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, MM 100.
Specially priced festival rates for attendees are available at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.