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Casablanca 70th Anniversary

November 1, 2012 – December 14, 2012

curated by
Francis Poole and Valerie Jones

This exhibit is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Casablanca, one of America’s greatest and most beloved films. Filmed at the beginning of World War II, Casablanca premiered in New York City on November 26, 1942, just weeks after Operation Torch, the U.S. led Allied invasion of North Africa and the capture of Casablanca. Casablanca starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains and was set in the exotic port city in French Morocco which at that time was held by Vichy French forces. Most of the action takes place in Rick’s CafĂ© AmĂ©ricain, a nightclub where refugees from Nazi–occupied Europe gathered in hopes of finding passage to America. For seventy years Casablanca has captivated movie–goers with its timeless themes of love, courage, and sacrifice as experienced through the lives of its characters. The film received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz), and Best Screenplay. Casablanca is one of the most quoted films in cinema history with such lines as, “Here’s looking at you kid,” and “Round up the usual suspects.” According to Roger Ebert, Casablanca is “probably on more lists of the greatest films of all time than any other single title, including Citizen Kane” because of its wider appeal. In 1989, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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