After a joyful decade of watching American classics with you, this Tuesday, August 27th, is the very last Movies on the Roof.
We return to our very first MotR selection to bookend this chapter of our (and maybe your) life: Michael Curtiz's immortal classic: Casablanca. In addition to the regular lineup of hanging out, themed charity, cultural significance presentation, pre-show, and the feature presentation, we're adding a couple of extra touches. Chairs will go fast, please consider bringing your own. We recommend coming early as we expect a full house!
CASABLANCA. The same reason we chose it for our first film is why we’re thrilled to have it as our closing film.
Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers - Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch received credit for the screenplay - no one involved with its production expected Casablanca to be anything out of the ordinary; it was just one of dozens of pictures produced by Hollywood every year.
Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. The film was rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa and was initially a solid, if unspectacular, success on its release.
Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters frantically adapting an unstaged play and barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic lead role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.
The weather looks absolutely clear and perfect for Tuesday. Keep an eye on here and Facebook for the latest information!
We're really looking forward to sharing this with you! Hope to see you Tuesday! You're welcome anytime after 6pm, the show will start around 8:25 pm.