"Casablanca" - film screening and discussion with Noah Isenberg.
Date: Monday 18 April 2016 at 7:00 pm
Q&A and reception after the screening.
Location: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. #100, L.A. CA 90036
Free Admission with RSVP through eventbrite:
Info: 323 5253388 Info@losangeles.goethe.org
Dir.: Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942, 102 min.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre.
In the early days of World War II in Casablanca, Morrocco, the cynical American ex-patriot Rick Blaine (Bogart) runs the bustling nightclub Rick’s Café Americain. Each night, an assortment of government officials, locals, and refugees waiting for exit visas to America flock to the cafe for music, gambling, and to socialize. One evening, famed resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (Bergman), who is also Blaine’s ex-lover, arrive in the Café, in search of the transit letters they need to flee Nazi-controlled Europe, and travel to the United States.
When the coveted letters find their way into Blaine’s hands, he must set aside his apolitical stance and finally confront his feelings for Ilsa.
Featuring an international cast, many of whom had fled German-occupied Europe; Casablanca remains one of cinema’s greatest romances and a definitive classic from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
In his multimedia introduction and Q&A, Noah Isenberg focuses on the dozens of European-born refugees at work on both sides of the camera in Curtiz’s film.
Isenberg asserts that when viewed in this light, one of Classical Hollywood’s most cherished love stories and wartime dramas may be interpreted as one of its earliest and most successful feature films to address the menace of National Socialism, the harrowing flight from Hitler’s expanding Reich, and the personal stories extracted from this historic epoch.
Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media and Director of Screen Studies at The New School in New York City.
The author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), his forthcoming book on Casablanca is due out from W.W. Norton in 2017.
$1 validated parking after 6:00 pm in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage-P1.