'Casablanca' 80th anniversary screening, book signing at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre
Wichita Orpheum's 2022 Anniversary Film Series continues Thursday, August 18 with an 80th anniversary screening of the classic "Casablanca."
Local author Vanessa Whiteside will join us to sell and sign copies of her book, "100 Things to Do in Wichita Before You Die". (Spoiler: the Orpheum is one of places featured in her book).
Enter a giveaway to win a basket including a copy of the book, two drink tumblers, "I Love the Orpheum" bumper magnet, a newly released Heartlandia Orpheum sticker, two tickets to the September Anniversary Film Series movie Selena with two small popcorn and small soda coupons.
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Filmed and set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) or helping her and her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans. The screenplay is based on Everybody Comes to Rick’s, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The supporting cast features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson.
Exceeding expectations, Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, while Curtiz was selected as Best Director and the Epsteins and Koch were honored for Best Adapted Screenplay. Its reputation has gradually grown, to the point that its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic, and it consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film as one of the first for preservation in the National Film Registry.