This documentary tells the story behind the making of one of the most beloved movies of all time, 'Casablanca'. Interviews with writers and others who were part of the original production, along with film critics and historians, relate the process by which this movie came about. Many clips from the movie are included, along with the original theatrical trailer. Written by
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca (1992)
*** (out of 4)
Good, if short, documentary about the making of CASABLANCA narrated by Lauren Bacall. The documentary runs just under 30-minutes so there's not too much detail but there are enough basic facts given about the film that fans should enjoy this. Film historians Rudy Behlmer and Ronald Haver are joined by the likes of Pia Lindstrom, Julius Epstein, Henry Mancini, Irene Lee Diamond and Lee Katz as they discuss the making of the film as well as its lasting impact. The one thing that really gets pushed across here is the troubled production history and why when the original screenwriters left the script was still not even half way finish. We hear about how things were pretty much made on the go and this includes getting up to the end of the picture and no one from the actors to the director to the studio knew how it was going to end. There's also discussion on how Bogart got his part and we hear what deal had to be done in order for Ingrid Bergman to get her role. Finally, we get to see some failed attempts at recapturing the film's magic. Again, nothing with too much detail but fans of the film should have a good time with this. It's interesting hearing from some of the people actually involved with the film and this works as a nice little movie to watch after you're done with the classic.
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