Casablanca (1942)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Casablanca

Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Paul McEwan, Ph.D., Film Studies Program, Muhlenberg College
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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When Casablanca was filming on the Warner lot during the summer of 1942, no one 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 released, 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.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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    6:30pm 2018-08-28 18:30:00 2018-08-28 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Casablanca Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA