The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is putting on Casablanca: Film with Live Orchestra – details here.
There is just no telling what will make a movie a Hollywood classic. When Casablanca was filmed, during World War II, it was filmed as it was written, with the actors not knowing entirely how to portray their roles, as they didn’t know the outcome of the story. When Ingrid Bergman begged the writers for some indication, she was told, “Just play it in-between.” Many of the cast were directly affected by the war (Jewish and German cast members had fled Nazi Germany) and Humphrey Bogart, who was rather cranky, was new to being a leading man and shorter than Bergman. Paul Henreid, who had the role of Victor, Ilsa’s husband, pouted throughout for the film for being second fiddle to Bogart’s Rick. Bogart, in turn, considered him a prima donna. While Bergman and Bogart didn’t really connect in person, their chemistry on screen sizzled. The film has many lines that became quotable classics:
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
“We’ll always have Paris.”
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
“Round up the usual suspects.” (One of my favourites.)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Casablanca: Film with Live Orchestra plays February 15 & 16, both at 7:30 PM at Roy Thomson Hall, Simcoe Street at King. Evan Mitchell conducts. Have a belated Valentine’s celebration by attending this event.
See you at the Symphony!