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Casablanca (1942)


Cinema Classics Seminar: Casablanca--SOLD OUT!

Evergreens
Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Paul McEwan, Ph.D., Department of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: This class is SOLD OUT! Tickets are still available for the public screening.

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.

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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  • Tuesday, August 29
    6:30pm 2017-08-29 18:30:00 2017-08-29 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Casablanca--SOLD OUT! http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2059 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA