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Casablanca's 70th Anniversary

Casablanca, one of the greatest American films, celebrates it's 70th anniversary this year. When it was released in 1942, it was just one of many films produced that year, and although it won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it wasn't until years later that its reputation among both critics and viewers has consistenly placed it on lists of the greatest films of all time. Directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Peter Lorre, the film is the story of ex-freedom fighter Rick Blaine who now runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early years of World War II. His life is upended when his true love, Ilsa — who had abandoned him in Paris during the Nazi invasion — walks into the club one night — with her husband, a renowned Resistance leader.

Casablanca [videodisc] by Warner Brothers


Round up the usual suspects: the making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II by Aljean Harmetz