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80th Anniversary

Why is he in Casablanca? "I was misinformed," explains nightclub owner and war refugee Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who won't "stick his neck out for nobody" — until Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) walks in. Often cited as evidence of the Hollywood studios' "genius of the system," in André Bazin's famous phrasing, the lore surrounding Warner Bros.' production of this American classic is itself legendary. The creative stars aligned to make what might have been just another wartime flag-waver one of Hollywood's greatest romances. Premiering soon after the Allied invasion of North Africa, it took on added luster as a kind of prelude to history. It won three Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director for Michael Curtiz and Best Adapted Screenplay. DIR Michael Curtiz; SCR Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, from the play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison; PROD Hal B. Wallis. U.S., 1942, b&w, 102 min. NOT RATED

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Michael Curtiz
102 Minutes