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Casablanca

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 13 2007

Half the world can repeat half the dialogue of Curtiz’s great wartime (anti-)romance, re-released in a new digital restoration for Valentine’s Day, and half of Hollywood’s scriptwriters worked on it. If Peter Bogdanovich is right to say the Bogart persona was generally defined by his work for Howard Hawks, his Rick, master of the incredibly ritzy Moroccan gin-joint into which old Paris flame Ingrid Bergman walks, just as importantly marked his transition from near-psychopathetic bad guy to idiosyncratic romantic hero.

Sixty-odd years on, the film still works beautifully: its complex propagandist subtexts and vision of a reluctantly martial America’s ‘stumbling’ morality still intrigue, just as Bogart’s cult reputation among younger viewers still obtains. Claude Rains is superb as the pragmatic French chief of police, himself a complex doppelgänger of Bogart; Paul Henreid is credible and self-effacing as the film’s nominal hero; Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre give great colour; and Bergman literally shines. Arguably, cinema’s greatest ‘accidental masterpiece’, it still amounts to some hill of beans.

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UK release:

Wed Feb 14, 2007

Duration:

102 mins

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BFI Southbank

Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT Show map/details

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    BFI Southbank Belvedere Rd
    London
    SE1 8XT

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  • Sat Sep 6:

    • 20:45

Queen of Hoxton

1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX Show map/details

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    Queen of Hoxton 1 Curtain Rd
    London
    EC2A 3JX

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    020 7422 0958

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    www.queenofhoxton.com

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    Open 5pm-12midnight Mon-Wed; 5pm-2am Thu-Sat; 12noon-12midnight Sun

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    Tube: Old St/Liverpool St; Rail: Shoreditch High St Overground

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    • 21:00

The CLF Art Cafe

133, Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Show map/details

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    133
    The CLF Art Cafe Rye Lane
    London
    SE15 4ST

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    020 7732 5275

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    www.clfartcafe.org

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    Rail: Peckham Rye

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    • 20:00

Peckham Film Club

133, Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Show map/details

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    Peckham Film Club Rye Lane
    London
    SE15 4ST

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robert

Just came back from seeing it, Truly magical experience in a cinema. A complete masterpiece

robert

Just came back from seeing it, Truly magical experience in a cinema. A complete masterpiece