Thursday, March 15, 2012

Coming to a Theater Near You: Turner Classic Movies Presents "Casablanca"

Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros. and NCM Fathom have joined in celebration of Casablanca as it turns 70 with Turner Classic Movies Presents the Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event. On Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 pm (local time), the film that topped the AFI's list of the "100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time," will screen at select theaters nationwide. 

Conrad Veidt and Claude Rains
Winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Best Original Screenplay (the Epstein brothers and Howard Koch), Casablanca was nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards in 1942, including nominations for Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains) and Best Musical Score (Max Steiner). Is there a silver screen classic that better defines World War II romance? I don't think so. Who can resist a wartime tale of lost love and broken hearts with stars like Bogart and Ingrid Bergman - set in Morocco and Paris? And then there's the phenomenal supporting cast - Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, Dooley Wilson, Leonid Kinskey, Joy Page and Madeleine Lebeau (still with us at age 88) - a brilliant script and Max Steiner's iconic score.

The beginning of a beautiful friendship
The presentation will begin with a special 15-minute segment hosted by TCM's  Robert Osborne who will take the audience behind the scenes on the making of the Casablanca...and more. This is a one night only event, although some participating theaters will present additional matinee screenings.

Tickets are available now, Click here for a list of theaters taking part in this extraordinary event.

Click here for my July 2011 review, Casablanca with the San Francisco Symphony.


  1. Great minds think alike! I posted about the same thing today. Plus, I added two local East Coast events, the Philadelphia Sons of the Desert banquet with Pretty, Perky Peggy King on April 20, and the Betzwood Silent Film Festival (May 12).

    We shoulda hadda bloga-thon.

    Your readers can see mine at

    See you at the movies, Eve.

  2. I can not recall "Casablanca" being screened locally, as part of a film festival or any format. I'm looking forward to seeing this on the big screen for the first time.

  3. Man, I wish I was free that night. I'd love to see Casablanca on the big screen.

  4. Allen - I tweeted a link to your post on Twitter - hopefully that will alert a few more classic film lovers in your area to three great events.

    'Gypsy - This promises to be a wonderful event - so glad it's coming to your area. & how fortunate you are to be seeing "Casablanca" on the big screen for the first time on such a special night.

    Dan - There's a possibility that the 21st won't work for me either. I was lucky enough to see "Casablanca" on the big screen last year with the local symphony providing the score - but this anniversary event is really not to be missed - & I never get tired of "Casablanca."

  5. Casablanca, is a perfect choice for the 70th Anniversary Event.

  6. Dawn - Some things age very well and in the realm of classic film, "Casablanca" has aged beautifully. Hope you are able to see it in your area.

  7. Just purchased tickets for David and I this morning!

  8. Great news, Gilby! I'm hoping this celebration of "Casablanca" is the first in a series of nationwide events to be presented by TCM.

  9. Eve, I think this is the third TCM anniversary event. They also did the 70th of Wizard of Oz and the 50th of West Side Story. I didn't hear about those until I started to investigate this one! They don't give dates of those past events either.

    We need to pay closer attention!