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 Casablanca (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Casablanca is a 1942 romantic film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca.
The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, and stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund.
Dark film noir and expressionist lighting is used in several scenes, particularly towards the end of the picture.
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 We'll always have Paris?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Casablanca was released in November 1942, eighteen days after the Allied forces, under the command of Lieutenant General Dwight Eisenhower, landed in North Africa and liberated the Algiers, Oran and Casablanca.
Casablanca's war signifies a shift from that which is known to that which is possible.
The Resistance of the film is embodied by Victor Laszlo, head of the Czechoslovakian movement and Ilsa's husband.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/00/2/paris.html   (5088 words)

What works about Casablanca is its feeling of scope and its importance not only to the history of film, but to world history--a line referring to everyone being asleep all over America is poignant because at the time of its writing, the United States had yet to enter the war.
The mystique is bigger than the film, in other words: the intervening decades and tons of fawning scholarship have combined to craft an idol of something that, viewed with an un-jaundiced eye, seems less than completely involving.
That being said, Ebert's Casablanca commentary is less incisive than the work he did for Kane, and either recording falls short of his exceptional yakker for the DVD of Alex Proyas' Dark City.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /dvdreviews/bogartcasablanca.htm   (963 words)

 Casablanca - The Film Guide - A Wikia wiki
Casablanca is a 1942 movie set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca.
The final line of the film was written by the producer Hal Wallis after shooting had been completed, and film critic Roger Ebert calls Wallis the "key creative force" for his attention to the details of production (down to insisting on a real parrot in the Blue Parrot bar).
The film was parodied in two later movies: the 1946 Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca and Woody Allen's 1972 pastiche, Play It Again, Sam (a line which first occurred in the Marx Brothers film).
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 SoundStage! DVD Review - Casablanca
The film is a cleverly woven, non-stop collage of humor, drama, and intrigue and tells one of the most memorable love stories ever put on film.
Keep in mind, this film was made in the forties and the soundtrack is indicative of the period.
Casablanca is without question one of the finest films ever made and deserves to be in every collection.
www.soundstage.com /video/revdvd/casablanca.htm   (865 words)

The film ends as it should, but I don't think anyone would consider it a happy ending...unless you were Victor Lazlo.
This was a film made at the height of WWII and one of it's many purposes was to stress self-sacrifice for a good cause.
This is a film where men are men, women are gorgeous and strong, and the bad guys aren't always what they seem.
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 Casablanca — Popular Film of the Century - Brief Article Journal of Popular Film and Television - Find Articles
It was while I was teaching Casablanca that the thesis of my paper became clear: Every film contains the foundation of its source, so that simply by watching the film an alert viewer could recognize whether it had been adapted from an original screenplay, from a novel, or from a stageplay.
Burnett heard it for the first time in 1931 in a Cornell University fraternity house and, even though it was not a hit at the time, it was a song he enjoyed and a recording he played often while relaxing in a hammock.
All the characters in the film appear in the play--Richard Blame, Sam, Ugarte, Victor Laszlo, Yvonne, Strasser (although in the play Heinrich Strasser is a captain rather than a major).
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 Tookeys Film Guide - Film Reviews since 1902
Although the film is often dismissed as romantic or sentimental, its romanticism is not the kind beloved of liberals.
Casablanca is not conventionally romantic at all, and is profoundly antipathetic towards the kind of emotional self-indulgence which resulted in permissiveness and the "me" generation.
The other reason why the film has never been intellectually fashionable is that the posher critics have always been notoriously incapable of distinguishing between sentiment and sentimentality (a legacy, perhaps, of having American cinema try to manipulate their sensitive emotions, week after week).
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 Film/Classic: Casablanca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In Casablanca, he is, in fact, something of a celebrity as the proprietor of Rick's Café Americain, a popular nightclub and casino.
Back in the café in Casablanca, Ilsa appears and tells him she would not have come to Casablanca if she had known he would be there.
Greenstreet and Lorre are wonderful in "Casablanca," but were actually more memorable in "The Maltese Falcon." "Casablanca," however, benefitted greatly by the brilliant performance by Claude Rains as Capitaine Renault, and the quite capable performances of Paul Henreid as Lazlo and Conrad Veidt as Major Strasser.
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 Casablanca (1942) at Reel Classics: Article 1: 'Casablanca': Film of Intrigue and Adventure; The Times (London) 1943
Casablanca in the days before the allied occupation had obvious possibilities as the background of a film of intrigue and adventure, and the film which goes into the Regal and Warner cinemas next Friday has taken at least a reasonable percentage of its opportunities.
The incidentals of the film, however, are to be preferred to the main issue of visas, arrests, and escapes.
Dooley Wilson's performance as a negro pianist is memorable, and at moments Casablanca seem genuinely to be trying to give expression to the emotions of those colonial French who were left bewildered by the fall of their country but did not lose their faith.
www.reelclassics.com /Movies/Casablanca/casablanca-article.htm   (365 words)

 BBC - Films - review - Casablanca
A straightforward romance, about Ingrid Bergman fleeing Nazis and arriving in Casablanca only to find ex-boyfriend Bogart, is elevated to greatness by a cracking cast.
Peter Lorre is wonderful as the doomed Ugarte; a slightly sinister Paul Henreid delivers a masterclass in suavity as Bergman's husband; Sydney Greenstreet's obese jollity reassures and repulses in equal measure; and Claude Rains is eternally struggling to suppress his laughter.
See what films are opening in the UK next year.
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2000/12/04/casablanca_1942_review.shtml   (378 words)

 Casablanca (1942)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
"It was 1943's 'Casablanca', bustling with melodramatic wartime intrigue, that really put him (Claude Rains) in the forefront as one of the screen's smoothest character actors, almost--but not quite--stealing the film from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as the uniformed Captain Louis Renault who investigates the goings-on at Rick's notorious cafe.
Nobody associated with the film guessed that it would become a screen classic, least of all its director, Michael Curtiz, the prolific WB director to whom it was just another assignment.
Oddly enough, the film's memorable airport ending was written and conceived just shortly before filming wrapped up, with neither Bergman nor Bogart knowing whether or not she would leave him for husband Paul Henried.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0034583   (576 words)

 Casablanca (1942) at Reel Classics
It may not be the most moving or meaningful, but it has something for everyone, and it's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and every time find something you hadn't noticed before.
At the same time, CASABLANCA is filled with colorful supporting characters who make it humorous, melodramatic, and even adventuresome all at the same time.
Above are just a few of the many posters that have been printed up for CASABLANCA over the years: At top, a window card from the original 1943 release.
www.reelclassics.com /Movies/Casablanca/casablanca.htm   (321 words)

Luckily enough for the producers, just a few days before the release of the film in 1942, the Allied forces had landed in Casablanca, a name that therefore caught the attention and imagination of movie-goers.
In the film, Casablanca is a place in unoccupied France (Marocco) where persecuted persons desperately look for exit visas to escape from Nazi influence.
In Casablanca she tells him that only during their last days in Paris did she learn that her husband had not died in the concentration camp and that was why she could not join him again.
www.cosmopolis.ch /english/cosmo3/casablanca.htm   (793 words)

 Amazon.ca: Casablanca (2-Disc Special Edition): DVD: Michael Curtiz,Mischa Auer,Leon Belasco,Ingrid Bergman,Oliver ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This film is a wonder of cinema and well deserves the first class treatment on this DVD issue.
Thought by many to be the best film or at least the most popular film of all time it is indeed a wonderful movie replete with danger, intrigue and romance.
As the film was not due for release until spring, studio executives suggested it be changed to incorporate the invasion.
www.amazon.ca /Casablanca-2-Disc-Special-Michael-Curtiz/dp/B00009W0WM   (2073 words)

 Michael Manning: CASABLANCA!
Casablanca is on the Western edge of Morocco and was selected as the site where refugee's assembled to wait for valuable "Letters of Transit" to America in an effort to escape the clutches of the Nazi's.
In fact, the film's sequence where the Nazi's begin to sing their national anthem while the freedom seekers enlisted by Victor Laszlolo to sing Le Marseilles ("Viva La France"!) had Burnett literally in tears as he was writing this scene.
This was a film produced in "real time" and the ending required Bogart and Claude Rains to come back to an "Airport Hangar" set one month after filming wrapped (or so they thought).
michaelmanning.tv /blog/2006/07/casablanca.html   (1514 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Disney (The Plane Truth)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Casablanca began filming just a few months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when military security in southern California was at its height in anticipation of another Japanese attack on the aircraft manufacturing facilities and military installations found along the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Therefore, Casablanca was shot entirely on soundstages at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank; and Soundstage #1, which was used for the film's climactic airport scene, wasn't large enough to accommodate a real airplane.
Major Strasser's arrival in Casablanca was filmed at Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys (now known as Van Nuys airport) on 10 July 1942, after some of the wartime restrictions on location shooting had been loosened.
www.snopes.com /disney/parks/casablan.htm   (604 words)

 Today in History: November 26
Morocco's chief port city, Casablanca was the setting of both the film and, later, of a major conference of the allied leadership.
Casablanca suffered severe bombardment during "Operation Torch," the Allied invasion of North Africa under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower.
In 1989, Casablanca was placed on the National Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board.
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 Casablanca (1942)
The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca (1942), always found on top-ten lists of films, is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle.
The Hollywood fairy-tale was actually filmed during a time of US ties with Vichy France when President Roosevelt equivocated and vacillated between pro-Vichy or pro-Gaullist support.
As he informs them that the "scum of Europe has gravitated to Casablanca" and warns them to "be on guard" for "vultures," he lifts the gentleman's wallet.
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 Casablanca (1942) - Channel 4 Film review
One of Hollywood's greatest acts of alchemy saw a classic romantic thriller created from unprepossessing raw materials: a modest play with a questionable grasp of historical facts, a director with a poor command of English, and a confused cast that was due, at one stage, to be headed by Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan.
But it was the film that cemented Bogart's stardom with a role perfectly suited to his new sympathetic tough-guy persona.
The Hours somehow changed my perception of myself and those around me. The film has such a sad (yet marvellous) ending that you can't help but think about your own life.
www.channel4.com /film/reviews/film.jsp?id=101850   (289 words)

 Amazon.com: Casablanca: DVD: Humphrey Bogart,Ingrid Bergman,Paul Henreid,Claude Rains,Conrad Veidt,Sydney ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Casablanca is probably the best happy accident in the history of film (The Third Man in a close second).
This film should have been forgettable, but thanks to a wonderful cast, Curtiz's direction, and a script that has given popular culture some of the most enduring quotes of all time, Casablanca is a massive success.
Bogart plays Rick Blaine, the cynical club owner in Casablanca who experiences the unthinkable when the only woman he ever loved (the beautiful Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa) comes back into his life, though not in the manner he had hopes; she is married to Victor Laszlo, a resistance fighter against Hitler's Third Reich.
www.amazon.com /Casablanca-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/6305736650   (2286 words)

 Casablanca : Mr. Cranky Rates the Movies : Casablanca
There is a difference between being lucky and being good.People often mistake "Casablanca" as one of the greatest films of all time because director Michael Curtiz stumbled upon an ending he didn't have when he began the film.
The funniest thing about "Casablanca" is the premise that the letters of transit that Rick holds would actually get Ilsa and her underground leader husband, Victor (Paul Henreid) out of Morocco.
Certainly, "Casablanca" has some of the most memorable lines in film history, but again, here is where greatness needs to be distinguished from luck.
www.mrcranky.com /movies/casablanca.html   (769 words)

 AFI's Number One Romance Film - Casablanca - Romance Movies
The film long ago became a classic and it's stars are legends.
Casablanca was a movie directed by Michael Curtiz, a Hungarian director who directed nearly two hundred films!
It was an American made film, with an English speaking cast, and the correct length and format.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art18405.asp   (510 words)

 Casablanca Film Review - Time Out Film
Once a movie becomes as adulated as Casablanca, it is difficult to know how to begin to approach it, except by saying that at least 70 per cent of its cult reputation is deserved.
This was Bogart's greatest type role, as the battered, laconic owner of a nightclub who meets a girl (Bergman) he left behind in Paris and still loves.
The whole thing has an intense wartime nostalgia that tempts one to describe it as the sophisticated American version of Britain's naïve Brief Encounter, but it has dated far less than Lean's film and is altogether a much more accomplished piece of cinema.
www.timeout.com /film/68912.html   (170 words)

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