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  • 1942
  • PG
  • 98min
  • 97%
  • 8.5 / 10

Rick Blaine is a cynical expatriate who manages a nightclub located in Casablanca, Morocco. Situated during the early stages of World War II, Rick’s café is a haven for refugees who seek to acquire illicit letters to help them escape to America. He comes to face the tough challenge of helping his former flame, Ilsa, and her husband, to escape Casablanca.

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Casablanca is essentially a tragic love story between Rick, Ilsa, and her husband Victor Laszlo. We’re treated to the heart-wrenching revelation of Ilsa choosing Victor instead of Rick, who is truly her heart’s content. Besides the dramatic tension that this revelation causes, the filmmakers had their hands tied behind their backs by the Hays Code in Hollywood that rendered the film unable to portray on-screen the image of a married woman leaving her husband for another man. The Hays Code, officially known as The Motion Picture Production Code was a set of rules that governed American filmmaking. It’s a set of moral guidelines released to major studios from 1930 to 1968. It was the first attempt at censorship on cinema, and was initially created as a response from public complaints concerning the lewd content in movies and the scandalous behavior that Hollywood actors engaged in. Then President of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Will Hays, penned the production directives. The Code was later set aside in 1965 when the MPPDA adopted the age-based rating that is currently in use.


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Casablanca is the classic 1942 romantic drama from Michael Curtiz. The story was off of the unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s Everybody Comes to Rick’s. The film thrust Humphrey Bogat, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid to the forefront of cinematic history. Its world premiere during November 26, 1942 was a rushed release date in order to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa. Despite having A-list cast members, the film failed to meet success during its first run. However, it went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It has since become an iconic film, ranking near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.