Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media and director of the Screen Studies program, will debut his new book, We’ll Always Have Casablanca in February. Published in time for the 75th anniversary of the film’s premiere, this book is the story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.
Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew, and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca’s production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, the battles with Production Code censors, and the effect of the war’s progress on the movie’s reception.
Of particular focus is the central role refugees from Hitler’s Europe in the production (nearly all of the actors and actresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants). Isenberg will be promoting the book at a series of events throughout the spring semester.