Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bronxville, NY

Join us for this informative and entertaining evening in commemoration of the 75th anniversaries of the release of the film Casablanca and the founding of the Bronxville Adult School. Few films have inspired as much devotion in their viewers as Casablanca. With more revival screenings than any other film in the history of cinema and countless fans of all ages, who have returned to it dozens—even hundreds—of times, Casablanca remains as relevant as ever. Just in time for the film’s 75th anniversary, Noah Isenberg’s book We’ll Always Have Casablanca offers a fascinating exploration of the film’s resonance through popular and political culture over the decades. 

Author Noah Isenberg, director of screen studies at The New School, will thrill devotees of the film with anecdotes about the hilarious on-set hi-jinks, grudges, rewrites, and censorship that threatened to compromise the film’s iconic story.

Registration Required. Register here or call 914.793.4435.

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Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Falmouth, MA

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 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 more 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).

Finally, Isenberg turns to Casablanca’s long afterlife and the reasons it remains so revered. From the Marx Brothers’ 1946 spoof hit, A Night in Casablanca, to loving parodies in New Yorker cartoons, Saturday Night Live skits, and Simpsons episodes, Isenberg delves into the ways the movie has lodged itself in the American psyche.

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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Nov
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Philadelphia, PA

  • National Museum of American Jewish History (map)
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Few films have inspired as much devotion in their viewers as Casablanca. With more revival screenings than any other film in the history of cinema and countless fans of all ages who have returned to it dozens – or even hundreds – of times, it is clear that, as time goes by, Casablanca remains as relevant as ever. Just in time for its 75th anniversary, join us for an unparalleled celebration of the film with an interactive talk by PJFF alumnus Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie. This fascinating exploration of the Academy Award-winning film’s resonance through popular—and political—culture over the decades will be available for purchase at the National Museum of American Jewish History after the talk or may be purchased in advance at PJFF.org.

The name Casablanca conjures up images of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, romance, adventure, and old-school glamour. Just as deserving of our attention is the charged political current that courses through the film, giving us “La Marseillaise” and that iconic parting on the tarmac. Viewers may be shocked to find that the inspiration for Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the play that would soon become Casablanca, was playwright Murray Burnett’s urgent desire to warn his contemporaries that good people would need to take a stand to stop the encroaching threat of fascism.

Professor Noah Isenberg, Director of Screen Studies at The New School in New York City, will thrill devotees of the film with anecdotes about the on-set hijinks, grudges, rewrites, and censorship that threatened to compromise the film’s iconic story and most memorable lines. Meanwhile, Isenberg’s electrifying overview of the political context of the film and its reverberations throughout modern history will appeal to believers in the power of art to transform hearts and minds.

Professor Noah Isenberg’s presentation will include film clips from Casablanca.

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Jun
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Concord, NH

Join us for this beautiful classic on our big screen to celebrate our spring membership campaign!

Morocco, 1941. Rick's Cafe in Casablanca is owned by American ex-pat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and is a haven for refugees desiring to flee to the U.S.A. The arrival of a former lover (Ingrid Bergman) and her anti-facist husband (Paul Henreid) provide the cynical, hard-nosed Rick with some inner turmoil. Colorful characters (played by Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Conrad Veidt) abound in this legendary 75-year-old classic which contains dialogue that has become an integral part of our vocabulary.

Our special 75th Anniversary Screening will include an intro by Noah Isenberg, author of We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie, who will sign copies of his book after the screening.

Books for sale at the screening from Gibson's Bookstore.

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May
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Seattle, WA

Join Phinney Books, and everybody else at Rick's, for a visit from former Seattleite Noah Isenberg, currently the Director of Screen Studies and Professor of Culture and Media at the New School in New York City, for a discussion of his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie. Please click on the photo for more information.

Join Phinney Books, and everybody else at Rick's, for a visit from former Seattleite Noah Isenberg, currently the Director of Screen Studies and Professor of Culture and Media at the New School in New York City, for a discussion of his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie.

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May
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

New York, NY

This illustrated talk tells the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films. Free and open to the public, first come, first service. Please click the photo for more information.  

This illustrated talk tells the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.

Free and open to the public, first come, first service. Please click the photo for more information.

 

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Apr
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

New York, NY

Casablanca at 75: A Refugee Story

Casablanca is one of classical Hollywood's greatest romances, but its underlying story concerns the plight of European refugees, an unusually timely, urgent theme for today.

This event, which focuses on the refugee theme of the film, includes a screening of Casablanca and a conversation with Noah IsenbergLang professor of Culture and Media and author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie (Norton, 2017), and Alexander Aleinikoff, director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School. Moderated by A.O. Scott of The New York Times.

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Livestream the event here.

Presented by the Department of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, and the Department of Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research.

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Mar
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Washington, D.C.

Noah Isenberg at Politics and Prose Bookstore Noah Isenberg will be discussing We'll Always Have Casablanca in conversation with author Glenn Frankel. There will be a book signing afterward. This is a free event. Click the photo for more information.

Noah Isenberg at Politics and Prose Bookstore

Noah Isenberg will be discussing We'll Always Have Casablanca in conversation with author Glenn Frankel. There will be a book signing afterward. This is a free event. Click the photo for more information.

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Feb
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

New York, NY

"We'll Always Have Casablanca" at the Leo Baeck Institute at The Center for Jewish History

A screening of Casablanca followed by a conversation between Noah Isenberg and film critic J. Hoberman. The evening is co-sponsored by the Deutsches Haus at NYU and the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

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Feb
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Boston, MA

Noah Isenberg Presents We'll Always Have Casablanca

The Harvard Book Store welcomes The New School's director of screen studies and professor of culture and media Noah Isenberg—author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins—for a discussion of his latest book, We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie.

The event will include a book signing. Click the photo for more information.

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Jan
25
12:00pm12:00pm

Philadelphia, PA

  • University of Pennsylvania, 330 Fischer-Bennett Hall (map)
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“Such Much?” The Refugee Story and the Émigré Talent Behind Casablanca

Although the legendary, award-winning Hollywood picture Casablanca (1942) has been dubbed “everyone’s favorite émigré film” and “the best refugee film of the war years,” rarely is it discussed in this vein. One of the all-time most cherished love stories and wartime dramas of the studio era may also be seen as one of the earliest and most successful feature films to address the menace of National Socialism, the flight of European refugees, and the personal stories embodied in even the most minor characters portrayed on screen.

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Cinema Studies program. Click the photo for more information.

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Dec
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Noah Isenberg Introduces CASABLANCA at Film Forum

Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, will introduce the 7:00 show on Thursday, December 29. 
Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. The author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography.” His other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009). He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterly, is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and received a 2015-2016 NEH Public Scholar award.

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