CASABLANCA (1942)

Renew a beautiful friendship with one of the most entertaining of all classic films. Casablanca has been hailed as a shining example of the Hollywood studio system at its best and will be shown at the Festival to celebrate its 75th anniversary. It was written by committee—four writers, producer Hal Wallis, director Michael Curtiz and even star Humphrey Bogart, who contributed the line “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Curtiz was a studio stalwart who did his work with Wallis and studio head Jack Warner looking over his shoulder. The whole thing was packaged to promote Warner Bros.’ stars Bogart and Paul Henreid; showcase contract talent like Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and S.Z. Sakall; and take full advantage of the studio back lot, sound stages and behind-the-camera talent. The major departure from the Warner Bros. family was Ingrid Bergman, who was borrowed from independent producer David O. Selznick. She’s the perfect addition, however, to this tale of an American expatriate (Bogart) torn between his refusal to get involved in the fight against Nazi Germany and his love for a beautiful woman (Bergman) married to a Resistance leader, (Henreid). The film captured America’s spirit at the start of World War II and continues to speak to new generations of would-be-rebel heroes. (d. Michael Curtiz, 102m)