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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Cinemallennials: Casablanca (1942)? For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cinemallennials, it is a bi-weekly podcast in which I, and another millennial, watch a classic film that we?ve never seen before, and discuss its significance and relevance in today?s world. In this episode, I tal... Read full article


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Casablanca and the Battle over ?As Time Goes By?(Exclusive by Author Steven C. Smith) By mid-1941, Max Steiner had already scored over thirty films at Warner Bros. since becoming that studio?s highest paid staff composer in 1937. Many of his projects had been prestigious and highly profitable.... Read full article


?La Marseillaise? Plays, as Rick, Ilsa and Refugees Find Their Footing in Casablanca (Guest Post)

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?La Marseillaise? Even more than the famous ?Here?s Looking at You? scene, the ?La Marseillaise? scene in Casablanca is the one scene in the film that evokes more emotion from audiences than any other, as it propels the narration in a new direction and reveals more about the characters than we pr... Read full article


Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942)

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Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942) Claude Rains, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid gather at the airport for the emotional finale of Casablanca. Very few classic films enjoy the iconic status of Casablanca (1942), the wartime romance that helped humanize the crisis in E... Read full article


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Ever since the days of his James Cain-infused Jerichow, it’s been apparent German writer-director Christian Petzold is indebted to the written word when it comes to his brand of filmmaking. However, this time around he takes an oddly unnerving stroke of brilliance by setting his usual period p... Read full article


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Quotes from

Ugarte: Too bad about those two German couriers, wasn't it?
Rick: They got a lucky break. Yesterday they were just two German clerks. Today they're the "Honored Dead".
Ugarte: You are a very cynical person, Rick, if you'll forgive me for saying so.
Rick: [shortly] I forgive you.


Rick: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.


Annina: Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault?
Rick: Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so.


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Facts about

Sydney Greenstreet wanted to wear something more ethnic to show that his character had assimilated into the Moroccan lifestyle. This idea was nixed by producer Hal B. Wallis who insisted that he wear his now-iconic white suit.
It is never revealed why Rick cannot return to America. Julius J. Epstein later said that "My brother and I tried very hard to come up with a reason why Rick couldn't return to America. But nothing seemed right. We finally decided not to give a reason at all."
The entire picture, Casablanca, was shot in the studio, except for the sequence showing Major Strasser's arrival, which was filmed at Van Nuys Airport, and a few short clips of stock footage views of Paris. The street used for the exterior shots had recently been built for another film, The Desert Song, and redressed for the Paris flashbacks. It remained on the Warners backlot until the 1960s. The set for Rick's was built in three unconnected parts, so the internal layout of the building is indeterminate. In a number of scenes, the camera looks through a wall from the cafe area into Rick's office. The background of the final scene, which shows a Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior airplane with personnel walking around it, was staged using midget extras and a proportionate cardboard plane. Fog was used to mask the model's unconvincing appearance.
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