The first retrospective of Humphrey Bogart films in Russia will take place in Avrora film theatre ( Nevsky pr.,60) from the 28th of November till the 2d of December. The festival is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the legendary “Casa blanca”.
For the first time in Russia cinema lovers will have an opportunity to see Humphrey Bogart, the Hollywood legend who starred alongside the most famous and beautiful actresses of all time – Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Graham and many others – on a big screen.
The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.
After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920s and 1930s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), and this led to a period of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and B-movies like The Return of Doctor X (1939).
Bogart's breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other successes followed, including To Have and Have Not (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); In a Lonely Place (1950); The African Queen (1951), for which he won his only Academy Award; Sabrina (1954); and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His last movie was The Harder They Fall (1956).
By the mid-1950s, Bogart's health was failing. Once, after signing a long-term deal with Warner Bros., Bogart predicted with glee that his teeth and hair would fall out before the contract ended. Bogart had formed a new production company and had plans for a new film Melville Goodwin, U.S.A., in which he would play a general and Bacall a press magnate. His persistent cough and difficulty eating became too serious to ignore and he dropped the project. The film was renamed Top Secret Affair and made with Kirk Douglas and Susan Hayward.
Bogart, a heavy smoker and drinker, developed cancer of the esophagus. He almost never spoke of his failing health and refused to see a doctor until January 1956. A diagnosis was made several weeks later and by then removal of his esophagus, two lymph nodes, and a rib on March 1, 1956, was too late to halt the disease, even with chemotherapy. He underwent corrective surgery in November 1956 after the cancer had spread.Bogart had just turned 57 and weighed 80 pounds (36 kg) when he died on January 14, 1957, after falling into a coma.
During a film career of almost thirty years, he appeared in 75 feature films.
The festival is organized by Сonsulate General of the United States in St. Petersburg and Tour de Film International Festival Agency.
You'll be able to see seven best genre films of cult actor! The romantic drama "Casablanca", the famous film noir "In a safe place" and "The Big Sleep," where Bogart played with his wife Lauren Bekkol and "The Two Mrs. Carroll" with Barbara Stanwyck.
Films are shown in English with Russian subtitles.