Wednesday, April 5, 2017
New Book Explores Casablanca's History for Film's 75th Anniversary
Jeffery S. Fraser currently works with Job Pose, where he helps match job seekers with potential employers. Outside of Jeffery Scott Fraser’s work life, his favorite movie is the 1942 classic Casablanca.
For the film’s 75th anniversary, film historian Noah Isenberg has written a new book examining the movie, its origins, and its lasting impact. “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” gives fans a detailed look into how the film was made, and what issues the production ran into along the way. Isenberg interviewed filmmakers, fans, film critics, and even surviving family members of the movie’s cast in his exploration of the production.
In one chapter Isenberg examines the film’s cast, noting that many were European Jewish refugees who had fled to America to escape the Nazis and WWII. Since similar themes are featured in the film’s plot, the story was all too real for some on the set. Isenberg writes that in one instance, a female extra burst into tears while shooting the film’s Paris flashback scene with Rick and Ilsa. Her husband, also on set, revealed to director Michael Curtiz that they had lived in Paris, but nevertheless they went through the very trying experience of shooting the scene.