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Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics
Tue, Oct 30th from 10:30PM
And we meet some of the era's preeminent poets and writers, including Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Ernest Hemingway, who discover Key West in the 1920's and are outraged by the government's transformation of their sleepy little island into a tourist town. The film features interviews with famous contemporary writers such as Gore Vidal and Russell Banks, who offer first-person accounts of how they were lured to Key West by its bohemian reputation. Newly uncovered archival photos and footage include rare Hemingway home movies from the JFK Memorial Library. In a fast-paced half hour, Bohemia in the tropics traces the development of the island's reputation in the popular culture and explores how that image has continued to draw millions of visitors to a place where, as the writer John Dos Passos described it, "Life is agreeable, calm and gently colored with Bacardi."