October 15, 2016

Noir City Fest Includes M

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, Peter Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have the opportunity to catch a special double-bill at the annual “Noir City” film noir festival at the AFI Silver Theatre – the American premiere of the German film Fritz Lang (2016), which explores the making of Lang’s first sound movie M (1931), followed by Peter Lorre in M.

The program, introduced by Noir City host and "The Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, will begin at 5 pm in the AFI Silver 1 auditorium. Eddie Muller is the author of the book The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir.

Tickets for the double-feature are $13 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $9.50 for 2-star and up AFI members, and $8 for children age 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. Click the button "Select a Film" and search for "Double Feature" for Fritz Lang and M. Tickets purchased on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the purchase. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

Tickets may also be purchased at the AFI Silver box office, which open 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The Noir Big Combo Card, good for six admissions to the festival, is available for $60. Purchase the Card on-line through the Gift Shop for pick up at the box-office.

The “Noir City” festival will begin on Saturday, Oct. 15, and run until Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The complete schedule for the fest is available on the venue’s website.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the cinema. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 7 pm on weekdays. More information on parking, as well as directions to the AFI Silver, are available on the theater’s website.

For more information, please call the AFI Silver at (301) 495-6700.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youungkin discusses the making of M, including interviews with director Fritz Lang, Peter Lorre’s first wife Celia Lovsky, and his brother Andrew Lorre, who visited the set.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

October 3, 2016

Brattle Salutes The Maltese Falcon Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago on Oct. 3, 1941, Peter Lorre fans were treated to the release of what became Peter’s first movie at the Warner Bros. studio – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The classic mystery also introduced Peter to Sydney Greenstreet, with whom he would team up for another eight movies at the studio. And to Humphrey Bogart, who became one of Peter’s two closest friends, the other being German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who arrived in Los Angeles in the fall of 1941.

The Brattle Theatre, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will celebrate the 75th anniversary with showings of a 35mm print of The Maltese Falcon on Monday through Thursday, Oct. 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2016.

Show times are 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the film will be shown at 8:30 pm only.

General admission tickets are $9 for shows starting before 5 pm and $11 for evening shows. Admission for military personnel (with valid ID), students (with valid ID), and Brattle members is $9 for any showing. Admission for children age 12 and under and seniors is $8 for any showing.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu or the Maltese Falcon webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee be added to all on-line purchases.

The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall, at 40 Brattle Street, a block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also located in the building are the Algiers Café and the Alden and Harlow Restaurant. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and the marquee.

Parking is available at meters around Harvard Square, as well as nearby parking garages. The Brattle Theatre box office will validate parking tickets at the Charles Square Garage and the University Place Garage.

The Brattle Theatre is well-served by public transportation – both MBTA bus routes and the subway.

More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions, is available on the Brattle Theatre website.

For more information, please call the cinema at (617) 876-6837.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon through interviews with director John Huston. While the film’s success led to a Warner Bros. contract for Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre continued to be hired by the studio on a picture-by-picture basis. From the fall of 1941 to the spring of 1943, Peter appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace (released in 1944), All Through the Night (1942), and Casablanca (1942).

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-bound and soft-back editions.

September 30, 2016

Bogart Festival in Key Largo Includes Lorre

Lorre fans who have never attended the annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival may want to consider a trip to Key Largo, Florida, this October – Peter’s own Fedora hat will be among the items displayed in the Bogart family memorabilia collection, amongst Bogart’s stopwatch, suit, wedding ring, camera, and keys to his dressing room.

Held from Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, the Bogart Fest will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Maltese Falcon (1941) with special discussions, live radio play performances, and showings of the classic hard-boiled detective film. Casablanca (1942) will also be on the festival schedule.

Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Bogie and Lauren Bacall, will host the event, joined by Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir” and Master of Ceremonies Billy Corben. The many Bogart films on the schedule will be screened in a variety of locations, including the host hotel, movie theaters, and outdoor locations in Key Largo and Tavernier.

Lorre highlights include ~
  • A free one-hour discussion of Bogart and film noir, led by Eddie Muller
  • A round-table discussion of The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep (1945), including Stephen Bogart, Eddie Muller, and other special guests
  • Showings of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca
  • The Maltese Falcon performed as a live radio play
  • Stephen Bogart hosts discussion of the Memorabilia Room

Other events during the festival include ~
  • The Sam Spade cocktail reception, including complimentary Bogart’s gin and vodka. The winner of the Bogie trivia contest will take home a Maltese Falcon statuette.
  • Bogie’s Harbor Party – Hosted by Stephen Bogart, this Martinique-inspired party features island cuisine, island music, and complimentary Bogart’s gin and vodka
  • Tours on-board the restored African Queen
  • Sunday morning brunch

Playa Largo Resort and Spa is the host hotel of the Bogart Film Festival, as well as the primary event venue. Guests attending the festival may receive special discounted rates at Playa Largo by calling the hotel directly at 305-853-1001, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. More information about discounted rates may be found on the festival website.

Playa Largo Resort and Spa is located at 97450 Overseas Highway, in Key Largo, Florida.

Other festival venues include ~

A full list of films and events is available on the Festival’s website.

Three types of passes are available. The Noir Pass at $100 covers showings of all movies at the festival, including both inside and outside venues. The Casablanca Pass at $250 includes the special events only, and no films. The Bogart Pass at $350 includes access to all special events and all films.

Passes may be purchased on-line through the Festival website. In addition to tickets, special Bogart Fest merchandise is also available.

Festival-goers may also choose one of these stylish items – in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Maltese FalconSpade and Archer Detective Agency!

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen Youngkin chronicles Peter Lorre’s on- and off-screen friendship with Bogart. The two actors first worked together on The Maltese Falcon in the summer of 1941 and went on to make another four movies – three of them at Warner Bros. Their final movie, Beat the Devil (1954), reteamed them with John Huston, their Falcon director.

During his lifetime, Peter had few friends, but he counted Bogie as one of his two closest – the other being Bertolt Brecht, the German playwright with whom Peter worked as a young stage actor in Berlin during the 1920s.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in hard-bound and soft-bound editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

September 13, 2016

Free Lorre Film at the Cabot in Massachusetts

The historic Cabot Theater, in Beverly, Massachusetts, has teamed with Rockport’s The Film Detective for a series of free screenings of classic movies – beginning with a restored print of Beat the Devil (1953) on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.

The film will be shown at 1 pm and 7 pm. At the 1 pm screening, a small popcorn and soda combo will be available for $5. At 7 pm, the beer and wine bar at the Cabot will be open for refreshments, as well as the theater’s regular snack bar.

Admission to Beat the Devil is free for everyone, however, tickets must be obtained before the show. Tickets are available through the Cabot website. Select a showtime from the drop-down box. Tickets may also be obtained by calling Ovationtrix at 866-811-4111 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. More information about tickets is available on the cinema’s website.

The Cabot Theater is located at 286 Cabot Street, at the corner of Cabot and Judson streets in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Parking is available at meters on the streets around the cinema. Parking is also available in the lots along Pond Street, at the corner of Cabot and Pond streets. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available at the Cabot Theater website.

For more information, please contact the cinema at 978-927-3100.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the making of Beat the Devil, the final movie Peter made with old friend Humphrey Bogart, who considered Peter a “good luck charm” and insisted he be added to the cast. For Peter, the film was a happy opportunity to work with both Bogie and director John Huston, with whom he had worked on his first Warner Bros. movie, The Maltese Falcon, more than 10 years earlier.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as soft-bound and hard-back editions.

September 9, 2016

Buffalo Film Fest Includes Lorre

Lorre fans in the Buffalo, New York, area will have a treat this weekend – a showing of The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) at the first annual Western New York Movie Expo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

The film will begin at 12:15 pm in the Main Screening Room.

The Expo runs from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

Admission is $40 for the full weekend. Daily admission on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is $12 for general admission, and $10 for students with proper ID. On Sunday, admission is $6 for everyone. More information about tickets is available on the Expo's website.

Admission includes two screening rooms, as well as a large dealers’ room, filled with posters and autographs, records and magazines, cameras and projectors, and more. The full schedule of documentaries, silent and sound movies, short subjects, and special presentations is available on the Movie Expo’s website.

The Western New York Movie Expo will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center, located at 120 Church Street, in Buffalo, New York. Room discounts are available for Expo attendees staying at the hotel. More information about the hotel, as well as directions, is available on the Expo’s website.

Parking is available at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. A parking fee of $10 per day will be charged.