We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film (Paperback)

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August. TC Film Festival. Even though this movie is not playing at the festival it is a great one. Read about the behind the scenes. Of 14 stars with screen credit how many were born in the US? (pg 127). How did "As Time Goes By" avoid getting CUT from the movie? The casting, the writing, the details. You must remember this! And of course you want to know it all. A delightful read with or without popcorn. The start of a beautiful.....

— margaret


A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” Selection

“Even the die-hardest Casablanca fan will find in this delightful book new ways to love the movie they were certain they could never love more.” —Sam Wasson, best-selling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

Casablanca is “not one movie,” Umberto Eco once quipped; “it is ‘movies.’” Film historian Noah Isenberg’s We’ll Always Have Casablanca offers a rich account of the film’s origins, the myths and realities behind its production, and the reasons it remains so revered today, over seventy-five years after its premiere.

About the Author

Noah Isenberg is professor and chair of the department of radio-television-film at the University of Texas at Austin, the author of We'll Always Have Casablanca, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, editor of Weimar Cinema, and the recipient of an NEH Public Scholar Award.

Praise For…

We'll Always Have Casablanca is a hugely readable and entertaining look at how Casablanca came to be, and how it came to be such an indelible part of American pop culture.

— Chris Foran

Combining trenchant analysis of the film’s poetic and political power with a well-researched and playful account of its legacy, We’ll Always Have Casablanca is a necessary book and perhaps even an urgent one.

— Noah Gittell

Anyone interested in the magic of movies will relish this book.
— Tavo Amador

Fascinating… [and] profoundly relevant.
— Rebecca Prime

A treasure trove of facts and anecdotes.
— Peter Biskind

Observant and astute.… Isenberg makes some insightful contributions to Casablanca lore.

— Gerald Bartell

An insightful, revelatory new book.
— Paul Teetor

Hugely entertaining.
— David Mikics

As Noah Isenberg details in his excellent new book We’ll Always Have Casablanca, the 1942 film is a case study of how history gets depicted for popular entertainment, but it is also a powerful example of how the Hollywood machine produced work that intersected with political commitment while still holding fast to its romantic conventions.

— Michael S. Roth

Four out of four stars.… Isenberg’s great contribution is tying together the production [of Casablanca] and its legacy.

— Bill Desowitz

Noah Isenberg brings an appropriate passion to his pop analysis of [Casablanca], along with a delight of details and some savvy reassessments.

— John Anderson

Isenberg gives us… a rich miscellany of material that will delight fans of both the film and Hollywood’s golden era. His research is clearly second to none.
— Lucy Scholes
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393355666
ISBN-10: 0393355667
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English