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"We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie"

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011

The Leo Baeck Institute, Deutsches Haus at NYU, and the New York Institute for the Humanities co-present "We'll Always Have Casablanca," a screening of Casablanca, followed by a conversation between Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media at the New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and film critic, journalist and author James L. Hoberman.
Copies of Noah Isenberg's new book We'll Always Have Casablanca will be available for sale and signature.

Casablanca was first released in 1942, just two weeks after the city of Casablanca itself surrendered to American troops led by General Patton. Featuring a pitch-perfect screenplay, a classic soundtrack, and unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and a deep supporting cast, Casablanca was hailed in The New York Times as "a picture that makes the spine tingle and the heart take a leap." In his new book, We’ll Always Have Casablanca, film historian Noah Isenberg gives a rich account of this beloved movie’s origins. 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, focusing in particular on the central role of refugees—nearly all the actors were immigrants from Hitler’s Europe.

Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, in New York City, where he teaches film history, theory, and criticism and also serves as the director of Screen Studies. He holds a joint appointment in the multi-disciplinary M.A. program in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. The author of, among others, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as "a page turner of a biography" and the Huffington Post selected among its Best Film Books of 2014, his latest book is We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in European history, 1989), he holds advanced degrees from the University of Washington (M.A. in German literature, 1991) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. in German studies, 1995). He has spent extended stints—studying, teaching, writing—in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Stockholm.

James L. Hoberman is a New York City film critic, journalist and author. From 1988 to 2012, he was senior film critic at The Village Voice. He writes regularly for Film Comment, The New York Times, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Hoberman has also taught at Cooper Union for the past 20 years, currently as Gelb Professor of Humanities. He served two terms on the New York Film Festival selection committee, and has done some guest programming as well as curatorial work on several museum shows including at MoMA P.S.1 and the Museum of the Moving Image, 1997, and at the Jewish Museum.


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This event is presented with additional support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).