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Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
This seminar is SOLD OUT! However, tickets are still available for the public screening. Buy those here: brynmawrfilm.org/films/?id=2072
No one involved in the making of CASABLANCA, which was filmed on the Warners lot during the summer of 1942, would have guessed that it would turn out to be among the most lasting of Hollywood classics. Made in the era of the studio system, during which movies were churned out in something like assembly-line fashion, the film earned solid box office and garnered generally positive reviews from critics when it was released in January 1943. Indeed, director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich regards what he calls the most 'enduring cosmic lucky accident in picture history' as 'the single favorite vindication of the studio system... because there is no other way CASABLANCA could have been made and worked as well.'
Today, it stands as a captivating portrait of America's reluctance to get involved in World War II, even if the bombing of Pearl Harbor had resolved our ambivalence by the time the film was made, and as a reminder that sometimes the problems of three little people do, after all, amount to more than a hill of beans in this crazy world.
Meets at BMFI:
Tuesday, August 29
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught by Paul McEwan, Ph.D., Department of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College