Thinking Through Film Series and Discussion: Casablanca
(1942) Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch based on the play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, Paul Heinreid. Dooley Wilson was right - the fundamental things still apply: an excellent story, inspired acting, wickedly smart dialogue, and a quandary that challenges our sense of ethics. In an occupied North African city during World War II, an apolitical American (Humphrey Bogart) runs Rick’s Cafe. Although he is unfazed by his questionable customers (partisans, Nazis, emigres, swindlers and more), Rick’s cool is shaken when the woman who left him in Paris (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) walks in to his cafe. Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Part of the Thinking Through Film series at Cinestudio. 112 min.