|FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2004 file photo, actress Lauren Bacall arrives for the premiere of her new movie " Birth", with her son Stephen Bogart, son of screen legend Humphrey Bogart, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)|
WASHINGTON (AP) — That famous movie line, "Here's
looking at you, kid," will have time to echo in the halls of the
Smithsonian this weekend as the son of Humphrey Bogart
and Lauren Bacall opens the first film festival at the National Mall's new
"Casablanca" will be the first film shown at
the new Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History on
Friday night, followed by free weekend screenings of "The Maltese
Falcon," ''The Treasure of Sierra Madre" and "The Big
Sleep." Bogart's suit worn in
"Casablanca" also is on display, on loan from Warner Bros.
Stephen Bogart, 63, said
he didn't really know his famous father because he died when his son was just 8
"All I knew him as was on celluloid," said
Stephen Bogart who is now a real estate agent
in Naples, Fla. Still, he said his father would have been shocked to find
himself featured at the Smithsonian.
"He was not full of himself. He was just an actor
and hung around with writers and producers and film people," Stephen Bogart said. "Obviously, he would have been proud
and would have been humbled, but he would have been shocked."
The American Film Institute has ranked Humphrey Bogart as the greatest male legend from the screen.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the 1942 iconic film,
a re-mastered version of "Casablanca" will be released on Blu-ray in
March, Bogart said.
Now Stephen Bogart is
working on his own film project, a horror film with the working title
"Mutant Killer Babies," though that's bound to change, he said. He's
also working in real estate after a career in TV news and entertainment that
ended when he was laid off in 2009 from a producing job with MSNBC's
"Countdown with Keith Olbermann." And he manages his father's image
through Bogart LLC.
Bogart said his mother, Bacall, is living in New York City and is as active as any 87
Warner Bros., which donated $5 million to build the
theater in an old auditorium space, will present three more film festivals at
the Smithsonian this year. In June the theater will showcase Clint Eastwood
films, including "Unforgiven" and "Pale Rider." In July,
the museum will feature the birth of motion picture sound with "Singin' In
the Rain" and "The Jazz Singer." An October festival is devoted
to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with "Gone With the Wind,"
''Glory," ''Gettysburg," and "Gods and Generals."
Bogart said such films are a good addition to the museum devoted to U.S. history.
"Entertainment has been around since the
beginning of time," he said. "It's part of our history."