Casablanca Script and Legend Author:Howard Koch Of the countless movies to have emerged from the Hollywood Dream Factory in its golden era, none has shown more endurability or called forth more nostalgia than the great Bogart/Bergman classic. It is fair to say that on any night in America, CASABLANCA is playiing somewhere. Every generation of Americans discovers it anew; its idealism, its p... more »oignant romance, its bittersweet irony, and its excitement are its trademarks, and its sharp dialogue produced more memorable lines than perhaps any other film. "Play it [again], Sam," being just one of them.
In this unusual pulication,m assembled by Howard Koch, not ony is the entire Epsteins-Koch script reproduced, but the extraordinary story surrounding the making of the film is recalled for the first time by screenwriter Koch--whose indelible print is on the final version of the script. Koch contributes an additional essay on the role of story in the context of moviemaking, critic Ralph Gleason contributes an appreciative piece on CASABLANCA's timelessness, and Richard Corliss, Editor-in-Chief of Film Comment, analyzes the film in terms of its special appeal.
Fifteen famous stills "complete the picture," preserving intact those shimmering images we have come to call Bogart, Bergman, Henreid, Rains, Greenstreet, Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.
The original press reaction to the Academy Award-winning film is included, as well as the views of a younger generation of American film-goers.« less