972 Winter 2020 The Making of Casablanca
Tuesday, 11:50–1:15, Feb. 18
United Christian Parish, Reston
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
In 1942 a movie was made from an obscure unproduced stage play, Everyone Comes to Rick’s. With multiple screenwriters, at times the action was filmed without the principals’ knowing what would happen in the next scene. The producer’s first choice for director was unavailable, so he had to ask a friend to step in. And the legend remains that Ronald Reagan and George Raft were first considered for the male lead. It sounds like a recipe for the Golden Turkey Award as one of the worst films ever. Instead, this was the genesis of Casablanca, widely considered one of the most iconic films in history. Join OLLI as we go behind the scenes of the journey of Casablanca from unproduced play to classic movie.
Jim Dunphy has taught a number of classes at OLLI on baseball, music, history, and movies. This is the first of a proposed series on how iconic movies made it from concept to screen.