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We’ll Always Have Casablanca

Noah Isenberg

The story of how Casablanca was made and how it became the most beloved of Hollywood movies.

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Casablanca is “not one movie,” Umberto Eco once quipped, “it is ‘movies'”.

Released in 1942, the film won 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and featured unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
The book offers a rich account of the film’s origins, the myths and realities behind its production, and the reasons it remains so revered today.

Through extensive research and interviews with film-makers, Noah Isenberg explores he ways in which the film continues to dazzle audiences and saturate popular culture 75 years after its release.

Critic Reviews

Noah Isenberg’s insightful analysis of the success of [Casablanca] fully justifies the book’s subtitle ‘The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie’... [a] fascinating study.

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[An] affectionate compendium of Casablanca lore... a highbrow fan scrapbook stuffed with facts and gossip, weighty critical opinions tucked alongside exuberant movie-mag trivia... It is, however, Casablanca's political urgency that ultimately fuels Isenberg's admiration. After all, it premiered just two weeks after its namesake city surrendered to general George Patton's US troops. "Perhaps the reason why Casablanca is now a classic, a cult and a legend," Bergman wrote, "is because it was concerned with our war."... [A] heartfelt book.

The Sunday Times
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[An] exuberant study of the phenomenon that is Casablanca.

The Times
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A devoted history of the film and its afterlife.

New Statesman

Noah Isenberg is director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at the New School, the author of Edgar G. Ulmer and editor of Weimar Cinema, and the recipient of an NEH Public Scholar Award.

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