MICHAEL CURTIZ | USA | 1942 | 102 MIN | PG
Before settling in for the film, enjoy the melodies of a live musician, and stop by the Philadelphia Film Center’s own Rick’s Cafe for a cocktail Blaine himself would be proud to serve. After all, no night with Casablanca is complete without stylings that make you want to say “Play it Again.”
We’ll always have Casablanca. One of the most beloved, romantic, and quotable films of all time, this timeless story of love and intrigue offers endless delights for first-timers and repeat viewers alike. At the height of of WWII, Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is the depressive proprietor of a Moroccan nightclub that caters mostly to expats, spies, and other shadowy figures from both sides of the conflict. Into his gin joint walks Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) the woman who left Rick waiting at a Paris train station years before and broke his heart. Sparks immediately fly between the reunited lovebirds, but the war once again threatens to come between them as Ilsa must choose between Rick and her heroic, resistance fighter husband (Paul Henreid). Rounded out by a crackerjack cast including Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Claude Rains, CASABLANCA is a certified masterpiece of Hollywood’s Golden Age, brimming with intelligence and sweeping emotion.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
“Makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap.” –The New York Times