"Casablanca"

Complete with countless memorable lines and an iconic song, Michael Curtiz's "Casablanca" (1942), filmed as we waged war with Germany, is one of the most beloved films of all time; it is also a film with loads of Jewish backstory, from author Murray Burnett (who had personally smuggled Jewish relatives out of Nazi Europe) to producer Hal Wallis to screenwriters Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch to director Michael Curtiz to composer Max Steiner and many refugee actors:

Paul Henried, who plays Bergman's husband, fled Austria when his refusal to join the Nazi party destroyed career prospects there. Conrad Veidt, who plays the heavy, Major Heinrich Strasser, was a German film star who offically declared himself a Jew as a protest to the Nazis, fled Germany with his Jewish wife and donated the greater part of his fortune to anti-Nazi endeavors. Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein), who plays Signor Ugarte, was a popular Jewish-German film actor who fled the Nazis in 1933. Madeleine LeBeau (Rick's jilted girlfriend) had just made a harrowing escape from Nazi Paris with her Jewish French movie star husband Marcel Diallo (Emil the croupier, who says, "Your winnings, Sir."), whose entire family later died in the camps. 

Other Jewish refugees in the film include Curt Bois (the pickpocket), who returned to his successful film career in Germany after the war; S. Z. Sakall (Carl the waiter), whose three sisters later died in the camps; Helmut Dantine (Jan, the Bulgarian roulette player), who had already been imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp; and countless other actors in smaller roles. Witnesses on the set said those were real tears in the dueling anthems scene.

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WHEN

Thursday, February 14, 2019 (All day)

EVENT LOCATION

Various cinemas in New York, NY

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