Three screenings of the classic WWII drama ‘Casablanca’ begin with one show this Sunday, followed by two more on Wednesday, at the mall cinema downtown. Somehow, no acting Oscars were awarded in what turned out to be the Best Picture with the Best Director and the Best Screenplay. And what a screenplay . . . no padding, not one extraneous extra sentence, and frequently droll. A stellar supporting cast includes Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, and while Dooley Wilson stops your heart with “As Time Goes By,” it is the Marseillaise scene that always makes me cry. From the event page:
Rick Blaine owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund walks through the front door of Rick’s club–Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need.
What remains to be said about this perfect movie? Even if you haven’t see it, you have heard it. First-timers will be shocked, shocked to discover how many notable quotes come from this one movie.
Academy Awards for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Academy Award nominations for: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Humphrey Bogart) Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains) Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes. Read more at Roger Ebert.
4:30pm, Sunday, January 23.
4pm and 7pm, Wednesday, January 26.
Providence Place Cinema, The Mall, 10 Providence Place, (directions)