[December 2019] Bogart/Bacall

“The alliteration of their last names seemed in itself to suggest their intertwined destinies, as the cliché about opposites attracting was never more evidenced than in this couple’s initially hesitant romance and passionate marriage: the sultry, blonde Bacall two decades younger than the dark, hard-drinking Bogart (May-December, as the formula has it), Jewish to his Episcopalian, she raised in economic want in the Bronx while he grew up well-off in the Upper West Side home of a prominent heart surgeon whose ostentatious name (Belmont DeForest Bogart) verged on mock aristocracy….Like her crisp diction and his slightly slurred delivery (not to mention the fact that her voice was also famously huskier than his), Bacall and Bogart’s screen personae appeared obverse: she chic, cool, and elegant, he flinty, volatile, and assertive, his characters often prone to cynicism and bitterness.” James Quandt

Thursday, December 5 2019 | 8PM To Have and Have Not USA 1944 d. Howard Hawks with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmicheal, Sheldon Leonard and Marcel Dalio. Black and white. 100 m

Thursday, December 12 2019 | 8PM The Big Sleep USA 1945 d. Howard Hawks with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone and Regis Toomey. Black and white. 114 m

Thursday, December 19 2019 | 8PM Dark Passage USA 1946 d. Delmer Daves with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Clifton Young and Tom d’Andrea. Black and white. 106 m

Thursday, December 26 2019 | 8PM Key Largo USA 1948 d. John Huston with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez and Harry Lewis. Black and white. 101 m