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We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film Noah Isenberg We ll Always Have Casablanca The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood s Most Beloved Film Casablanca was first released in just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton Featuring a pitch perfect screenplay a classic soundtrac

  • Title: We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film
  • Author: Noah Isenberg
  • ISBN: 9780393355666
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film Noah Isenberg Casablanca was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton Featuring a pitch perfect screenplay, a classic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and a deep supporting cast, Casablanca was hailed in the New York Times as a picture that makes the spiCasablanca was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton Featuring a pitch perfect screenplay, a classic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and a deep supporting cast, Casablanca was hailed in the New York Times as a picture that makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap The film won Oscars for best picture, best director, and best screenplay, and would go on to enjoy revival screenings than any other movie in history It became so firmly ensconced in the cultural imagination that, as Umberto Eco once said, Casablanca is not one movie it is movies We ll Always Have Casablanca is celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg s rich account of this most beloved movie s origins Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew, and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca s production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, the battles with Production Code censors, and the effect of the war s progress on the movie s reception Isenberg particularly focuses on the central role refugees from Hitler s Europe played in the production nearly all of the actors and actresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants.Filled with fresh insights into Casablanca s creation, production, and legacy, We ll Always Have Casablanca is a magnificent account of what made the movie so popular and why it continues to dazzle audiences seventy five years after its release.
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    1. The American Film Institute rated Casablanca as the 2nd best film ever made, losing only to Citizen Kane But in the beloved category it rated number one and this book dissects the legend of the film and why it continues to appeal to a world wide audience even though it was targeted at our parents and grandparents generation It has gained not only cult status as a film but also began the cult of Humphrey Bogart and if you have seen it, you will know why I have seen it times than I can count The [...]

    2. Actual rating 4.5This marks the third book I ve read so far about the film, Casablanca, and it just might be my favorite Casablanca is my second favorite movie of all time and I m looking forward to revisiting it after reading this delightful book.

    3. This book has a lot of interesting Casablanca trivia It also has a lot of boring Casablanca trivia The opening chapters on the making of the movie, the role of emigres in it, and how the movie makers dealt with the censorship of the time were quite interesting The part about possible sequels got bogged down and the final chapter, on Casablanca spoofs and references, was really superfluous I suspect, though I haven t read it, that if you want to know everything about the making of Casablanca you [...]

    4. Comprehensive historical background on the origins of, making, of, revisions to, conflicting statements on the writing of, and later eternal life of one of the MOST impressionable and iconic movies of all time One of the many quotes in the book attributed to one of the any authors and historians and even philosophers regarding CASABLANCA is that it is just not a movie , it is the movies The book is best read in chapter segments of concentration, because each chapter seems to be an essay of sorts [...]

    5. There have been a lot of books written about Casablanca, and I ve probably read most of them This one begins well, but its structure is weak not exactly chronological but thematic and the author goes off on cultural tangents in order, it seems, to lengthen the book Very little new is brought up, but it is easy to read and it does make me want to revisit the film yet again Aljean Harmetz s book on Casablanca, which Isenberg rightfully praises, is the still the book to beat.

    6. Pretty solid discussion of Casablanca, the movie and the phenomenon, even for this long time Casablanca fanboy I learned a few things, like only 3 of the 15 named parts in the movie were natural born American citizens you can guess 2 of them pretty easily Bogart and Dooley , but the 3rd one you ll find hard to do view spoiler Annina Brandel, the young Bulgarian bride who asks Rick for his advice, is played by Joy Page, stepdaughter of Warner Bros head honcho Jack Warner hide spoiler and a few ot [...]

    7. After reading Aljean Harmetz s Round up the Usual Suspects, I wasn t sure I needed another book on this classic film, one of my top two favorites However, Noah Isenberg s cultural look at the films production, release, reception, and legacy got good notices so I asked for it for my birthday.Having just finished it, I can attest that I learned new nuggets about the film s history and it s impact around the world If you haven t seen the film really this still shows some interesting details into ho [...]

    8. Super read, easy pacing, loaded with facts but not overloading Even if you are not one in the legions of Casablanca fans you will find this interesting Play it again Sam Sic

    9. Noah Isenberg does an absolutely bang up job of describing the making of a film classic, famously described by many cineastes as a great bad film Along the way he untangles the various claims made by the various writers involved in the project, and thankfully debunks the whole Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan as Rick and Ilsa plot line the studio publicity department leaked that story to get the actors names in the trade papers in advance of the opening of King s Row, in which they played the lead [...]

    10. Suddenly, my love for CASABLANCA seems somewhat inadequate Sure, I ve been a big fan of the movie since the moment I first saw it, some twenty years ago Thanks to author Noah Isenberg, though, I now know of people who have seen the movie as many as six hundred times I ve seen it a mere four or five times , people who have hosted elaborate CASABLANCA costume balls, people who spent considerable money buying actual props from the movie, and a woman who opened a bar called Rick s Caf in the actual [...]

    11. I m one of those many people who have Casablanca on my top five favorite movies I ve watched it obsessively since I was a teenager I ve since read many books about Casablanca.The first chapter, Everybody Comes to Ricks, is about the play on which the movie is based and, yes, I ve read it Then it s about who and why the screenplay made changes it made The Epstein twins made Claude Rains and others funny Howard Koch made it political and the actors improvised, too Usual Suspects is about the cast [...]

    12. I suppose that one s enjoyment of a book like this hinges on one s level of enjoyment of the thing it s about In this case, the movie CASABLANCA is one of my favorite movies of all time and might actually be my second favorite after STAR WARS , so reading good books about it is always a pleasure This one does not focus much on the movie s production, so if you re looking for a Making Of book, this one will disappoint, because that s not the focus WE LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA delves instead into [...]

    13. Very cool I expected the full info on cast, filming, etc, but this book is so much Brief bios and the inside scuttle on everything from screenwriters, ethnic background of cast, crew and major players Things I never noticed or thought about before even before the Anschluss, there was already a huge migration out of Germany to escape the growing Nazi fascist threat, and Hollywood was a mecca for artists of all kinds actors, composers, writers fleeing their countrymen s doom Some interesting stat [...]

    14. It s often been said that while Casablanca was not the best movie ever made, it has been called the most beloved, and reading this latest book that focusses on its mystique makes me want to find a theater screening it so I can see it on the big screen once As with most viewers my age and younger, I first saw it cut, spliced and interrupted by commercials on a late show, and it wasn t until the mid 70 s when I saw it at Trinity College s annual sold out screening where it was always paired with [...]

    15. This is a delightful and informative paean to what is probably the best loved movie of all time Casablanca is one of Hollywood s greatest products, and Isenberg s book gives you all the background The two most interesting chapters had to do with the number of real refugees who were either in the movie or helped make it, and the battles Warner Brothers had to fight with the Production Code Administration over censorship of the movie And while there was certainly background on Bogart, Bergman, and [...]

    16. Workmanlike comes to mind Isenberg s take on Casablanca is competent and skillful but not outstanding It s thorough but not engrossing, clearly written but not distinctive But perhaps comprehensive best describes We ll Always Have Casablanca because the book is far than another the making of a movie Isenberg includes sections, indeed often full chapters, on the film s origins from a play, Everybody Comes to Rick se redrafting efforts by several writerse casting Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan e [...]

    17. Casablanca remains on my top ten list of the greatest films of all time Reading this book reinforced why this is so Noah Isenberg offers a terrific and detailed analysis of this classic movie that examines the film s production, release, critical and commercial reception and enduring legacy His writing hits the right balance between interesting trivia and typical making of information with insightful consideration as to why Casablanca s popularity is so lasting For me, there were two particularl [...]

    18. A readable general overview of the film its creation and production and place in pop culture I wish it were technical and had from the micro level about how the film was made What kind of man was Michael Curtiz Still, the section on the many attempts to create prequels and sequels is interesting, as is the chapter on the number of immigrants involved in the production Why he chose to end a book about the greatest film of all time with long quotations from Elizabeth Warren s FaceBook page was a [...]

    19. What begins as an interesting look at the making of a classic film turns into a far too long exploration of the ways the film could have been continued with sequels and how it has affected modern culture Plus a regrettable chapter on what might have been if only Hollywood hadn t been in the era of the censors let s just say that there s zero reason to include speculation of how a sexual encounter between Rick and Ilsa could have played out onscreen And then there s the author s eagerness to poin [...]

    20. A kiss is just a kiss a sigh is just a sigh the fundamental things apply, as time goes by From mythic beginnings, to cult following, and finally an enduring legend Casablanca holds a special place in history We ll Always Have Casablanca is a fascinating look at the movie everybody knows, even if they have never watched it The author begins from Casablanca s beginning as an unproduced play and leaves the reader with examples of the lasting cultural marks, like SNL and The Simpsons, that truly mak [...]

    21. This excellent, detailed analysis of the film CASABLANCA strikes a nice balance of entertaining trivia and making of information with a detailed look at why the film s popularity is so lasting One of the best chapters is on the actors who played the supporting characters, and how so many of them were refugees from Nazi occupied Europe There are some photos but overall the narrative is the strength of the book, talking about how the film has influenced popular culture, been the subject of spoofs [...]

    22. If you love the movie Casablanca, you ll enjoy this book that discusses how the film came about, how it was made, its historical context, and its impact on film and our culture in the 75 years since it came out It could ve been just another product dumped out of Hollywood s studio system factory, but the coming together of a strong producer, bright and talented writers, a sure footed director, and a fantastic cast, Casablanca is usually 1 or 2 on everyone s list for the greatest movie of all tim [...]

    23. An exhaustive study of the film, from its preceding stage play to its proposed sequels and wannabes, to its appeal to young adults of the 60s and 70s, and to its continuing status as a cultural icon Isenberg includes many touching stories of the refugees who played people like them or their persecutors He debunks a lot of lore that grew out of the film s success and interprets contemporary criticisms as well as its enduring popularity.

    24. Exactly what you d want if you like me were a lifetime fan of the classic movie and loved reading about how it got written, made, and what happened after Full of great Casablanca stories and fun movie star gossip What frightened tough guy Bogart the most about making the movie Dancing with his co star He was a bad dancer and shorter than Ingrid Bergman, and would lock himself in his trailer, come out to do his scene, and go back into his trailer to nurse his ego.

    25. I enjoyed the first half or so of this book when it covered how the movie was written, how the actors were chosen, and the filming I never could get into the final half where it discussed cultural impacts and how the movie has been enjoyed by so many later generations Maybe it was just me, but this part seemed to be to not be so interesting So, I was disappointed as I loved the idea behind the book but felt it just didn t quite measure up.

    26. John read this book and wrote this reviewI thought it was very informative Did not know that Casablanca was a play originally Did not know that the author or creator of Casablanca was denied acknowledgement when the movie was made You can borrow a copy of this book at the Dover Free Library Then head on down to Rick s Cafe in Newfane and read it.

    27. Not from this book will we always have CasablancaThe author does not get across any liking for the beloved film he is snobby and snide The core of the book is about 90 pages The rest is some of the silliest research I ve ever read,and I ve graded a lot of term papers in my day.

    28. I enjoyed it very much until the final chapter or so when he began discussing works inspired by Casablanca that wasn t bad, it just dragged and seemed haphazard I think I will try a book he referred to many times, Round Up the Usual Suspects, as that author actually interviewed of those involved with the film, something less possible at the time Isenberg wrote this book.

    29. Since this is one of my favourite movies I was very interested in reading all about the making of it and it lasting effect on people This book gave me everything I wanted I recommend this for any fan of the movie Wonderful book.

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