Casablanca was an ordinary film by 1940s Hollywood standards — it wasn’t made to be a blockbuster, nor was it expected to be one. Its star, Humphrey Bogart, wasn’t seen as the kind of actor who could anchor a heavily romantic movie. It went through a series of screenwriters, was beset by production delays and was then tastefully rushed into theaters to capitalize on an Allied invasion of Africa. It didn’t even do that well in its initial release — but it struck a chord, winning an Academy Award for Best Picture and making Bogart and his co-star Ingrid Bergman icons. And so it is that this little movie about a crusty bar owner, desperate refugees, love and letting go remains one of the most beloved of all time. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) celebrates the timeless nature of the film with a free screening in celebration of their 20th anniversary at the Angelika Theater, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are required for admission and may be downloaded at tcm.com/20/.
Tue., March 4, 7:30 p.m., 2014