Casablanca

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Director: Michael CURTIZ

USA/1942

Saturday 14th 12:00pm Smith's Auditorium

Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca. He discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed Czech Resistance leader, with Nazis on his tail; Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

This is quintessential Hollywood classic. In the six decades since its release, the film has grown into a legend and its lines of dialogue can be quoted by people who have not even seen the film. The film premiered at the Hollywood Theater in New York City on November 1942, to coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa and the capture of Casablanca. It went into general release on January 1943, to take advantage of the Casablanca Conference, a high-level meeting in the city between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Casablanca did win three Academy Awards - Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay

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