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Short of the Week- Five Feet High & Rising

A short by Peter Sollet which was the winner of the Short Filmmaking Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. If you haven’t seen Raising Victor Vargas, this was the backdrop for that movie. Its the story of a 12 yr old boy named Victor who is growing up in the Lower East Side and going through different experiences.  You may recognize Victor because he stars in the recent HBO show “How to Make it in America.” as Cameron “Cam” Calderon.  They also just picked up Season 2, which I definitely will be watching!


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Bogart & Bacall

Being that it’s Valentines Day weekend and Love is in the air, I wanted to write a romance filled post about the story of Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, who had so much chemistry on screen as they did off. Who knew they’d both fall in love on set? Its somewhat similar to our modern day couple Brad Pitt and Angelina, but without the big age difference. The connection was so strong that it catapulted Lauren Bacall into an overnight sensation! It was 1944 and they were both preparing for the lead roles in the movie To Have and Have Not. Lauren Bacall was 19, Humphrey Bogart 44. About a month into filming, Bogart entered her dressing room and kissed her, sparking one of Hollywood’s great romances.

After the success of To Have and Have Not, the duo created three more pictures together (The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo.)

Bogart was married three times prior to Bacall, with actresses who placed their careers before marriage. He insisted that there union be the main priority before anything. She was quoted saying, “I wanted to marry him more than I wanted to breathe, so I made that promise.” The role that was her breakthrough “would be the one that would force me to put work second.” “Life plays strange tricks on you.” They got married, had two children and continued acting together and separately. Bogart was then diagnosed with cancer in 1957, and passed at the age of 58. She has always regarded him as her first and true love .

This past xmas, i received the Bogie and Bacall signature collection box set with all four movies! I’m so excited to watch the mystery, suspense and romance that they deliver in the movies that are considered timeless masterpieces.

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