Mandwa Film Club to screen American film Casablanca on May 28

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ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): Lok Virsa Mandwa Film Club will organize screening of American film Casablanca at Lok Virsa Media Center on May 28.

Casablanca is a 1942 American film directed by Michael Curtiz and  based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s.

The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it  also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.

Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must  choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy- controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Story editor Irene Diamond convinced producer Hal B. Wallis to  purchase the film rights to the play in January 1942.

Brothers Julius and Philip G. Epstein were initially assigned to write the script.

However, despite studio resistance, they left to work on Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series early in 1942.

Howard E. Koch was assigned to the screenplay until the Epsteins  returned a month later.

Casey Robinson assisted with three weeks of rewrites, but his work would later go uncredited.

Wallis chose Curtiz to direct the film after his first choice, William Wyler, became unavailable.

Principal photography began on May 25, 1942, ending on August 3; the film was shot entirely at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, with the exception of one sequence at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.

The original play was inspired by a trip to Europe made by Murray Burnett and his wife in 1938, during which they visited Vienna shortly after the Anschluss and were affected by the anti-Semitism they saw.