Casablanca

The week of August 1, 2010:

One of the greatest love stories ever told will now be declared the current movie of the week! Casablanca stars two on-screen legends, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. In their performances, Bogart and Bergman display bravery, courage, and romance. By captivating the hearts of their audience, Bogart and Bergman were in high demand to play leading roles in great films for many years, plus held respected careers in Hollywood.

Stars: Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Released in: 1942

During World War II, Casablanca, as part of unoccupied France, was a temporary safe haven for refugees fleeing Germans. Major Heinrich Strasser is sent to Casablanca to investigate the killing of two German couriers. They were carrying letters of transit that would allow the bearers to leave for Lisbon, Portugal. The letters have been stolen by Ugarte, a petty thief who asks Rick Blaine to hide them for him. Blaine is an American whose mysterious past prevents him from returning home. Blaine is also the owner of the most popular nightspot in town, Rick’s Cafe Americaine. When Ugarte is killed, Blaine’s place is searched in an unsuccessful attempt to find the letters. Meanwhile, an anti-Nazi underground hero, Victor Laszlo, arrives in Casablanca with his wife Ilsa. Ilsa and Rick once had a fairytale romance in Paris until she unexpectedly ended their relationship and disappeared from his life. Blaine has never forgotten, nor forgiven her. Suspecting that Blaine knows where the letters of transit that will allow her husband to continue his work abroad are, Ilsa begs him for them. Ilsa even threatens him with a gun, but she cannot kill Blaine as she realizes she is still in love with him. As old feelings emerge, Rick and Ilsa plan to run off together. Well, that was their original plan…

Fact: It is never revealed why Rick Blaine cannot return to America. Screenwriter Julius J. Epstein 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.”

Fact: No one knew right up until the filming of the last scene whether Ilsa would end up with Rick Blaine or Vincent Laszlo.

Fact: Despite their extraordinary chemistry, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman never appeared in another movie together. Casablanca is their one and only joint venture.

Fact: Just after Ingrid Bergman’s death, Diet Coke incorporated Casablanca in one of their commercials. In the commercial, the film is being watched by a young couple while they drink Diet Coke. To See the commercial visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkAhu_mKYg

Awards: Casablanca won three Oscars. Michael Curtiz was declared Best Director and the Best Writing – Screenplay award was given to Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, & Howard Noch. Casablanca also received the highest honor at the Academy Awards by winning the award for Best Picture. In addition, Casablanca received nominations in the following categories: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography – Black-and-White, Best Film Editing, and Best Music – Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. 

To view the trailer of Casablanca visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INBmVxAsdFE

As well, Casablanca will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Friday, August 6 at 9:30. Be sure to double-check your local listings and times at www.tcm.com

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)

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~ by discoveringtheclassics on August 1, 2010.

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