KEY LARGO, Florida Keys – Film buffs can celebrate an iconic performer who appeared in 75 movies during his 50-year career at the fourth annual Key Largo-based Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 18-22.
Celebrating Bogart's life, his films and the golden era of cinema, the 2017 festival honors the 75th anniversary of "Casablanca," set against the backdrop of Key Largo's luxurious new Playa Largo Resort & Spa at mile marker (MM) 97.
Returning to co-host events and film screenings is Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and actress Lauren Bacall. He is to be joined by his sister Leslie Bogart, making this the first festival to feature both children of Bogart and Bacall.
Other special guests include Illeana Douglas, an acclaimed actress, classic film expert and granddaughter of Old Hollywood star Melvyn Douglas; and a return of Monika Henreid, documentary filmmaker and daughter of "Casablanca" star Paul Henreid, who played Victor Laszlo in the famed movie.
Attendees can enjoy cocktail parties, indoor and outdoor showings of Bogart classics, an island-style festival awards banquet to honor a performer whose work most embodies Bogart's spirit and character, and more. Complete event details, as well as all-access and single-event passes and merchandise, can be found at bogartfilmfestival.com.
Throughout the festival 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.
Event information and schedule: bogartfilmfestival.com
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
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