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Casablanca Overview:

Casablanca (1942) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner.

Casablanca was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorHumphrey BogartNominated
Best Supporting ActorClaude RainsNominated
Best CinematographyArthur EdesonNominated
Best DirectorMichael CurtizWon
Best Film EditingOwen MarksNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Won
Best WritingJulius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard KochWon
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BlogHub Articles:

Book Review--We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie

By KC on Dec 20, 2017 From Classic Movies

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie Noah Isenberg W. W. Norton & Company, 2017 Few films have won the unanimous acclaim of the classic to end all classics Casablanca (1942). While the World War II era romantic drama has had... Read full article


o/t: The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca

By John Grant on Dec 16, 2017 From Noirish

***Over at Silver Screenings, Ruth recently posted a splendid piece about an aspect of Casablanca that I’d never really thought about. She has kindly permitted me to reblog it here. Silver Screenings The beautiful people of Rick?s Cafe. Image: The Source Look at the people in the above photo. ... Read full article


Casablanca (1942): 75th Anniversary Review

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 27, 2017 From 4 Star Films

When someone inquired if I considered Casablanca one of my favorite movies, I didn’t quite know how to respond. Yes, I do love this film passionately but I feel as if Casablanca is more?deeply America’s favorite classic movie. It is not for me to call my own and I will gladly share a joi... Read full article


Casablanca (1942): 75th Anniversary Review

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 27, 2017 From 4 Star Films

When someone inquires if I consider Casablanca one of my favorite movies, I don’t quite know how to respond. Yes, I do love this film passionately but I feel as if Casablanca is more?deeply America’s favorite classic movie. It is not for me to call my own and I will gladly share a joint ... Read full article


Reblog: Casablanca: 75 Years Old And Still Going Strong – Flaws And All

By John Grant on Nov 24, 2017 From Noirish

***A splendid piece by Paul Batters of Silver Screen Classics — essential reading! Silver Screen Classics by Paul Batters Annina: Oh, monsieur, you are a man. If someone loved you very much, so that your happiness was the only thing that she wanted in the world, but she did a bad thing to mak... Read full article


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Quotes from

[Of Victor Laszlo, who wants to escape from Casablanca]
Captain Renault: No matter how clever he is, he still needs an exit visa... or I should say two?
Rick: Why two?
Captain Renault: He is traveling with a lady.
Rick: He'll take one.
Captain Renault: I think not. I have seen the lady.


Ilsa: Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake.
Sam: [lying] I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.
Ilsa: Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."
Sam: [lying] Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it.
Ilsa: I'll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da-dum...
[Sam begins playing]


Rick: You know what I want to hear.
Sam: [lying] No, I don't.
Rick: You played it for her, you can play it for me!
Sam: [lying] Well, I don't think I can remember...
Rick: If she can stand it, I can! Play it!


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Facts about

It was reportedly Humphrey Bogart's idea to have Rick be a chess player (when we first see Rick he is playing chess against himself), though some say it was writer Howard Koch's idea.
Although this was an overtly anti-Nazi film, it wasn't the first one that Warner Bros. had made (it had come out several years earlier with Confessions of a Nazi Spy). Warners was the first Hollywood studio to be so open about its opposition to the Nazi regime, and the first to prohibit its films from being distributed in Nazi-occupied territories. Indeed, Harry M. Warner was making speeches denouncing Nazi activities in Germany as early as 1936.
The difference in height between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman changes throughout the film. This is because Bergman was actually a few inches taller than Bogart, though to create the illusion that it was vice versa, Michael Curtiz had Bogart stand on boxes and sit on pillows in some shots, or had Bergman slouch down (as evident when she sits on the couch in the "franc for your thoughts" scene).
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