The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II

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  1. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I came to Casablanca for the waters…, September 21, 2005
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    Marc Flanagan “Reading Through Lunch” (Santa Monica, CA. USA/ Dublin, Ireland) –
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    This review is from: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II (Paperback)

    Have you ever purchased something twice and started to read or listen to it and realize you have already read or purchased it before?

    As Bogart says in his cafe, ” I was misinformed”. A few years ago,I bought and read this book under the title, “Round Up The Usual Suspects” and I enjoyed it very much. I then bought it again (recently, I’m not that disoriented-yet) under it’s new title, “The Making of Casablanca” same book, and same level of enjoyment. Aljean Harmetz was a New York Times correspondent and she is a skilled writer. Ms. Harmetz unfurls the story of the production of “Casablanca” in an entertaining fashion. So many things could have been undone by the studio and the government (released before World War II) the producer Hal Wallis kept the production on even keel and how Wallis went about it, is the crux of the story. Great insight into the era and the number of refugees who portray refugees, Bogart stories and Bergman tales. A really absorbing read, especially if you are a fan of the movie…and who isn’t?

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  2. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fascinating, unputdownable, October 7, 2003
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    Robert J. Sawyer “Science Fiction writer” (Mississauga, ON, Canada) –
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    This review is from: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II (Paperback)

    I read this book in hardcover, and loved it. CASABLANCA is my all-time favorite film, and I’ve read all the other books about it, too, but this one is by far the best. It’s a great study of how the film got made, at a level of (fascinating!) detail not found in other references. I recommend it without reservation.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Fundamental, February 3, 2012
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    This review is from: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II (Paperback)

    Just as Pauline Kael wrote *the* book on Citizen Kane (Raising Kane), this Aljean Harmetz volume is *the* study of Casablanca.

    What always stays with me is there were only three credited American actors: Bogart, Dooley Wilson and Joy Page, who played the Bulgarian wife, was Jack Warner’s step-daughter. Many of the rest of the cast were important in Central Europe before the Nazis took over. Harmetz tells us why.

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