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Casablanca (1942) 80th Anniversary

Director: Michael Curtiz Run Time: 102 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1942

Starring: Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Country: United States
Language: English, French, German, Italian


Celebrating its 80th Anniversary, the Film Center is thrilled to present Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942) on 35mm film.


About the film:

Giving extraordinary performances, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history. Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1944, Casablanca (1942) took home Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Rick Blaine owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund walks through the front door of Rick’s club, and he must choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need.​

“an unrepeatable combination of impudent wit and doomed romanticism, all of it held together by voluptuously emotional anti-fascist sentiment”

—David Denby for The New Yorker

About the filmmaker:

A versatile storyteller who could handle any genre, Hungarian-born American film director Michael Curtiz began his career as a stage actor and circus pantomime—and as a fencer on Hungary’s 1912 Olympic team—before directing and starring in Hungary’s first feature film, Today and Tomorrow (1912). One of the country’s most important directors, his unique visual style eventually caught the eye of film studios in the United States. He helmed over 100 films during his Hollywood career, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)Mildred Pierce (1945), and Casablanca (1942), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director, and the musicals Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943), and White Christmas (1954). He also earned the Academy Award for Best Short Subject for Sons of Liberty (1934).

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