We’ll Always Have Casablanca: Noah Isenberg & Molly Haskell
Where: McNally Jackson
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For the 75th anniversary of its premiere, We’ll Always Have Casablanca is celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg’s rich account of this most beloved movie’s origins. Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew, and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca’s production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, the battles with Production Code censors, and the effect of the war’s progress on the movie’s reception. “Noah Isenberg’s superb book both expands our understanding of the movie’s history and place in our cultural history and reminds us, fervently, why we fell in love with it in the first place,” says Megan Abbott.
Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media and director of the Screen Studies B.A. program at Eugene Lang College. He is the author of the critical biography Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins and editor of Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era. He will be joined by Molly Haskell, formerly a film critic for The Village Voice, New York Magazine and Vogue. She is the author of the landmark book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, and her latest book is Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films.Buy tickets/get more info now