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The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca1942 always found on top-ten lists of films is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same womans love in a love triangle The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism With rich and smoky atmosphere anti-Nazi propaganda Max Steiners superb musical score suspense unforgettable characters supposedly 34 nationalities are included in its cast and memorable lines of dialogue eg Heres lookin at you kid and the inaccurately-quoted Play it again Sam it is one of the most popular magical and flawless films of all time - focused on the themes of lost love honor and duty self-sacrifice and romance within a chaotic world Woody Allens Play It Again Sam 1972paid reverential homage to the film as have the lesser films Cabo Blanco 1981and Barb Wire 1996 and the animated Bugs Bunny short Carrotblanca 1995 Directed by the talented Michael Curtiz and shot almost entirely on studio sets the film moves quickly through a surprisingly tightly constructed plot even though the script was written from day to day as the filming progressed and no one knew how the film would end - who would use the two exit visas Would Ilsa Ricks lover from a past romance in Paris depart with him or leave with her husband Victor the leader of the underground resistance movement And producer Hal Wallis contributed the films famous final line delivered on a fog-shrouded runway The sentimental story originally structured as a one-set play was based on an unproduced play entitled Everybody Comes to Ricksby Murray Burnett and Joan Alison - the films original title Its collaborative screenplay was mainly the result of the efforts of Julius J and Philip G Epstein and Howard Koch In all six writers took the plays script and with the models of Algiers 1938and Only Angels Have Wings 1939to follow they transformed the romantic
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