CASABLANCA (1942) Digitally Remastered Cinema Re-Release

 

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First screened in 1942, Casablanca is a romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue defies standard categorisation. Its characters, dialogue and music have become iconic, the film now one of the landmarks of American Cinema. Perennially at the top of the greatest movies of all time lists, winning three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Casablanca is a true Hollywood masterpiece.

It is the story of Rick Blaine, a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault, Rick’s café has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick’s great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo and his wife Ilsa, Rick’s true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she’s renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. Rick’s plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion.

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