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Harmetz, Aljean

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ISBN 10: 1562829416 / ISBN 13: 9781562829414
Published by Hyperion, 1992
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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402pp Illus "The Making of "Casablanca- "Bogart, Bergman, and World War II." Rear endpaper creased. Bookseller Inventory # 30305

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Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Frayed DJ

Edition: First Edition

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An inside look at the making of Casablanca offers fresh insights into and revelations about the people, the period, and the countless details that all had a hand in shaping the quintessential movie-lover's movie.

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Harmetz ( The Making of The Wizard of Oz ) brings both spirit and a substantial knowledge of Hollywood to her anatomy of the making of many people's favorite film. " Casablanca was a mosaic of fortune--good and bad," she writes, and she draws on a broad range of interviews and documents to conjure up the film world of 1942. Especially interesting are her meticulously researched accounts of the much-debated ending and the evolution of the script, which was based on an unproduced play but delicately balanced with gags and politics by competing screenwriters. Harmetz provides sketches of the stars Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart ("Saint and sinner," she says of their Hollywood personas, adding that their "real-life sexuality . . . was almost reversed on screen"), the "thick layers of character actors" like Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet, and the intense, mercurial director, Hungarian Jewish refugee Michael Curtiz. The Production Code forced the writers to approach sex with subtlety, while a "rich underlay" of American popular music made Rick's Cafe seem an American oasis. Harmetz also updates the careers of the movie's principals and describes how the "cult of Casablanca " was born in 1957 at an art cinema near Harvard University. Photos not seen by PW.
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