Paramount Presents: Casablanca [PG]
Movies | 04/23/2017 | 2:00PM
Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this great American classic tells a dramatic love story set in the throes of World War II, when an exiled American named Rick Blaine (Bogart) must choose between his own happy ending and continuing the war efforts. Rick rekindles his relationship with an old flame, Isla (Bergman), when she appears at his club in Casablanca—but she’s not alone. With Isla is her husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), a fugitive Czech Resistance leader who asks for Rick’s help in obtaining papers that will help him escape to America in order to continue his fight against the Nazis. Rick faces a choice—to be with the woman he loves, or secure her husband’s mission.
Despite its A-list cast and highly regarded writers, Casablanca was not expected to make much of an impact in the box office or with critics. It went on to be regarded as one of the best films of all time, and win three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Did You Know?
- Many of the extras in the famous scene where Laszlo sings “Marseillaise” were actual refugees from Nazi persecution in Europe –their tears in the scene were genuine.
- In place of filming at the airport, which was not allowed due to security restrictions during the war, the crew had to shoot inside a sound stage with a cardboard cutout plane and forced perspective filming techniques. The same technique was used years later in the film Alien.
- Ingrid Bergman, at 5’9”, was an inch taller than Bogart, who had to wear platform shoes when filming next to Bergman.