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(Almost) Everyone's Favorite Movie: Casablanca, at the NGA

  • East Wing, National Gallery of Art

    On the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC (map)

    38.892078 -77.022934

  • Let's distract ourselves from winter by spending a couple of hours in steamy wartime Morocco with Rick and Ilsa in what many consider the greatest movie of all time. To prepare yourselves, try this fun Casablanca trivia quiz on QuizFreak (I got 10 out of 13, which is why I need to see the movie again).

    The film will be playing on the big screen at the East Wing auditorium. Starts at 4 p.m. but this is going to be popular, so let's try to get seats by at least 3:15-3:30. Please post a comment to your fellow Arthousers with your whereabouts.

    “Casablanca became a cult movie because it is not one movie. It is ‘movies.’ And this is the reason it works, in defiance of any aesthetic theory. . . . Thus, one is tempted to read Casablanca as T. S. Eliot read Hamlet, attributing its fascination not to the fact that it was a successful work (actually he considered it one of Shakespeare’s less fortunate efforts) but to the imperfection of its composition. He viewed Hamlet as the result of an unsuccessful fusion of several earlier versions of the story, and so the puzzling ambiguity of the main character was due to the author’s difficulty in putting together different topoi. On a smaller scale the same thing happened to Casablanca. Forced to improvise a plot, the authors mixed a little of everything, and everything they chose came from a repertoire that had stood the test of time. . . . But when the repertoire of stock formulas is used wholesale, then the result is an architecture like Gaudí’s Sagrada Família: the same vertigo, the same stroke of genius” — Umberto Eco, Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage. (Michael Curtiz, 1942, DCP, 102 minutes)

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  • Mark

    My favorite movie - 13 of 13 on the quiz.


  • David

    For those of us without smartphones, any thoughts on how we can meet up? It's a big theater.

    3 days ago

    • Louise

      Hi David, you can text me at[masked] and I'll let you know where we are.


  • Marie

    Here's lookin' at you, Kid.

    1 · 4 days ago

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