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Casablanca at 70

[Casablanca]  was slated for a summer 1943 release. But when the Allies launched Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, on Nov 8, 1942, David O Selznick had Casablanca rushed to its debut at the Hollywood Theater in New York on Nov 26, 1942 — Thanksgiving Day. The real Casablanca had fallen to the Allies only 16 days before."

An absolute favorite of mine (and it bears mentioning, a huge influence on Star Wars), it's playing all over the US tonight, in a brand new print.

Michael Heilemann