Saturday, February 25 8:30PM
Key Largo Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. Directed by John Huston 1948, 100mins., B&W.
"Key Largo" was the last of four pairings of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and thanks to their presence, the film is part romance as well as part crime drama and part claustrophobic character study. But as if the teaming of one of Hollywood’s most legendary couples wasn’t enough, Edward G. Robinson also stars in his fifth and final movie with Bogart.
Bogie was nominated for an Oscar three times and won once (in 1951 for “African Queen”), but Bacall was nominated only once, and did not win. Even more remarkably, though Edward G. Robinson had 90 film credits and was, by any definition, a major star for over 40 years, he was never even nominated for an Academy Award.
Bogart plays a disillusioned WWII vet who has gone to Key West to pay his respects to the wife and father of a dead war buddy. Bacall is the dead man’s young widow and Lionel Barrymore is his father; together they run a hotel where Johnny Rocco - a crass and cruel gangster played to perfection by Robinson - has just checked in, along with the remnants of his mob. Rocco has sneaked back into the country, intent on rebuilding the rackets he was forced to abandon before the war. Bogart’s world-weary vet, in a way that’s not all that dissimilar from Rick in “Casablanca”, doesn’t think anything is worth fighting for or against anymore, least of all Rocco – yet the circumstances seem to keep pushing him into conflict with the gangster.
Robinson had become a star as the mobster Rico, the title character in 1931’s “Little Caesar”, and though he very successfully played other kinds of roles, he was best known as a tough-guy hood. His performance in “Key Largo” was the ultimate realization of Robinson’s gangster character.
“Key Largo” is often cited as a definitive work of film noir – and yet it differs in a few interesting ways with many other works in the genre: Bacall displays a softer side and is definitely not playing the femme fatal that is typical in film noir. And despite the professed cynicism of Bogart’s character, the script has an underlying message about the moral imperative of standing up to evil that is surprising in a genre in which moral ambiguity is a hallmark.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & younger). Combo pricing for seeing more than one.
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