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Casablanca: Script and Legend

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Released in December 1942, Casablanca is the classic of all classic films, the enduring triumph of Hollywood's golden age. This volume contains the complete screenplay as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the Oscar-winning movie was made, by one of its writers, Howard Koch. Charles Champlin, Roger Ebert, Umberto Eco, and others contribute incisive analyses of the mov ...more
Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by The Overlook Press (first published 1973)
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Nhi Nguyễn
Jan 17, 2015 Nhi Nguyễn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From the first few pages that I read, I knew that I would give this book a 5-star rating, and it turns out I was right!

This book has everything that I love and long to read in a media-tie-in/book about movies. Along with all the beautiful words written about the movie, including the deep, heartfelt analytic reviews from the top-notch movie critics about the story in "Casablanca" and its intriguing web of interesting characters, are the breathtaking pictures that remind me of a beautiful, gloriou
Apr 11, 2010 Jaclyn rated it liked it
This was a university must-read/watch. My rating and likeness for this screenplay may be affected by it being the first screenplay I ever read and analyzed.

I suppose if I read the script again I could see faults, and I suppose in some ways I can see faults with it already. But to be honest the overall story, the ultimate sacrifice of Rick makes up for everything, the telling of the love seems so true and honest that to be honest (haha) it sweeps the story up and you can't see anything wrong with the script at all.

I would love to see the film now. I almost never cry or get emotional reading scripts or books (aside from Charlottes web, get
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A classic in truest sense of the word Casablanca has rightly earned its name. A poignant tale of love, heartbreak, sacrifice and redemption set during World War-II in Morocco where refugees fleeing Hitler's Europe land in to escape abroad.
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The first screenplay I've read, and it was an interesting experience, never having thought much about camera angles and the like before. And it's such a great story.
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Timeless classic as it is , I have always found war stories riveting and poignant and more so, those with the Nazi occupations as background ....
Nov 10, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Read as part or Robert McKee's story seminar. Amazingly timeless.
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Μy favourite movie...and one of the best love stories evah!!
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Howard E. Koch was an American playwright and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.
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