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The Resource We'll always have Casablanca : the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie, Noah Isenberg

We'll always have Casablanca : the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie, Noah Isenberg

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We'll always have Casablanca : the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie
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We'll always have Casablanca
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the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie
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Noah Isenberg
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We will always have Casablanca
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the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywoods most beloved movie
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The movie Casablanca was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton. The film won Oscars for best picture, best director, and best screenplay, and would go on to enjoy more revival screenings than any other movie in history, and become firmly ensconced in the American cultural imagination. Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, 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 movie. Isenberg particularly focuses on the central role refugees from Hitler's Europe played on the production--nearly all of the actors and acresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants. Filled with fresh insights, Isenberg's book is a magnificent account of what made this movie so popular and why it continues to dazzle audiences seventy-five years after its release. --
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  • Isenberg (Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins) has created a thorough and impassioned account of the making of the 1942 Hollywood classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. He begins with Casablanca’s modest origins in an unproduced three-act play and ends with its lasting cultural impact. Along the way, he makes a strong case for the film as an ideal example of studio collaboration. Isenberg emphasizes the contributions of nearly everyone at Warner Brothers, including producer Hal B. Wallis, director Michael Curtiz, screenwriters Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch, and some of the studio’s best contract players (Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains). Diligently researched and incorporating extensive interviews and documentation, the book is commendable for its attention to the most mundane details of filmmaking. Nevertheless, readers expecting a critical study might find the author’s exhaustive admiration for his subject a bit wearing. As Irish film critic Paul Whitington astutely observes in the book’s introduction, “Maybe there are better films than Casablanca, but there are probably none better loved.” Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/12/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 50, p)
  • Born from the unproduced play Everybody Comes to Rick's, the 1942 film Casablanca quickly became one of the most quoted and beloved movies of all time. Although its plot of wartime refugees trapped in the north African city was most timely, it continues to speak to new generations of film buffs. This is an exhaustive look at the making of the film, its censorship battles, early pushback from isolationists, casting coups (contrary to legend, Ronald Reagan and George Raft were never considered for the role of saloon keeper Rick), later jockeying for credit after the film's success, and most particularly, real-life refugees from Hitler's Europe taking on several parts. Isenberg (culture & media, The New School; Edgar G. Ulmer) tracks down even the most insignificant detail on the creation of this film. He notes the many unsuccessful attempts to revive the work in remakes, reboots, sequels, television shows, even a musical. Finally, the book ponders why certain themes continue to be relevant today. VERDICT This highly recommended title thoroughly explores studio politics and the political realities, while giving new fans and critics a chance to weigh in on what Casablanca means to them. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/16.] --Stephen Rees (Reviewed 11/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 19, p91)
  • A film scholar explores the legendary history and lasting appeal of Casablanca (1942).Casablanca remains one of the most memorable films ever produced. A star-making vehicle for its two lead actors, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it has served as a textbook example of how the studio system, in this case Warner Brothers, applied its best efforts and assets in producing a film of exceptional merit. As Isenberg (Screen Studies/The New School; Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, 2014, etc.) notes, the film required complex collaborations among several of Warner's most talented writers, composers, set decorators, and cinematographers, and it featured iconic performances by popular contract players such as Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. The original source, an unproduced play titled Everyone Comes to Rick's, didn't appear destined for greatness when it sold to the studio in late 1941. Yet under the guidance of studio heads Jack Warner and Hal Wallis, and aligning with the timely events of a country about to enter the war, the prescient material would have an urgent appeal. "Thanks not only to the fortuitous timing of its release," writes the author, "but also to the sly intermingling of history, politics, and fiction, Casablanca gave viewers the chance to reflect on the current state of the world…while also feeding their appetite for entertainment at the movies—larger-than-life characters, exotic backdrops, heart-wrenching romance, and plenty of glimpses of universally identifiable, basic humanity." Isenberg has scrupulously researched the developmental details of the production, and he offers an interesting dissection of the legendary script contributions and in-depth background histories of the many bit players featured in the film. However, in focusing the latter portion of the book on the film's continuing impact, he tends to broadly overstate his message, expansively recounting every film revival, TV and theatrical offshoot, parody, and just about every example where there has been occasion for reference over the last several years. These exhaustive details are likely to interest only the most die-hard fans of the film. A thoroughly researched and frequently enlightening but somewhat ponderous tribute to a beloved classic.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2016)
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Isenberg, Noah William
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791.43/72
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PN1997.C352
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I84 2017
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non fiction
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the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie
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We'll always have Casablanca : the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie, Noah Isenberg
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Introduction -- Everybody comes to Rick's -- Usual suspects -- I stick my neck out for nobody -- Such much -- We'll always have Paris -- Play it again -- A beautiful friendship
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 334 pages
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9780393243123
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(hardcover)
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2016045205
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unmediated
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  • 963797836
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Label
We'll always have Casablanca : the life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie, Noah Isenberg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Everybody comes to Rick's -- Usual suspects -- I stick my neck out for nobody -- Such much -- We'll always have Paris -- Play it again -- A beautiful friendship
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 334 pages
Isbn
9780393243123
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016045205
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 963797836
  • (OCoLC)963797836

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