Phoenix, AZ, USA (August 25, 2014) — The greatest challenge for the producer and screenwriter of the film Bogie and Bacall (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3635828/) is to cast the role of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the two greatest legends of the Golden Era of Hollywood.
“I am excited, even thrilled to announce that the first half of this legendary couple has been selected. We conducted a world-wide search and found the perfect actress to play Lauren Bacall in Romania – Roxana Condurache,” said Helise Flickstein, screenwriter and producer of Bogie and Bacall.
Lauren Bacall, who was born Betty Joan Perske, mesmerized screen legend Humphrey Bogart the moment he first saw her.
She was only 19, but she had a mature beauty, confidence, wit, talent, and that signature gaze which captured the attention of Bogart. She was every bit a lady. Always well-dressed, with finely tailored clothes that added to her style. Even though Bogie was 25 years her senior, the two were married and had two children. The two were individually legends, and together they were also a legendary Hollywood couple for over 11 years until Bogie died of esophageal cancer.
“Finding an actress with the Lauren Bacall look, style, and ability to act like Bacall took time, but it was worth the effort to search the world for just the right person. Roxana Condurache surpasses my hopes and has the potential to have her own legendary career,” said Flickstein.
Bogart was rarely speechless, but he was in 1944 in To Have and Have Not when Bacall delivered the now classic lines: “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together-and blow.” Condurache has the same mesmerizing quality, and is ideal to play Bacall, according to Flickstein.
The film is a drama that will not only depict the relationship between Bogart and Bacall, it will also include their relationships with icons of the time, including Louella Parsons, Mayo Methot, Michael Romanoff, Truman Capote, as well as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, John Huston and others.
“We have every intention of finding the very best actors for every role, and it goes without saying that the production itself will be of the highest quality. We fully expect this film about classic film stars to itself become a classic of the highest caliber,” said Flickstein.
She says the search is on to find the ideal Humphrey Bogart. Bogie and Bacall is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2015 and is expected to be released in the fall of 2016.
For more information, please contact: Helise Flickstein at 623-444-5712.