Tag: Casablanca

  • How Four Moroccan Friends Were Drawn in by Islamic Fundamentalists In Horses of God

    Two matched scenes set 10 years apart depicting soccer games among Moroccan slum kids, both climaxing in violence, illustrate the unchanging hopelessness of crushing poverty in the Sidi Moumen shantytown. Yachine (Abdelhakim Rachi), depressed and introverted, lives in the shadow of his older brother Hamid (Abdelilah Rachid), the pair spending their days scrounging for money, […]

  • For Fans of its Predecessors, Proceed with Armor for Before Midnight

    Ask people about their favorite movies and the same titles come up regularly—Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane. But some movies have special meaning for people even if they don’t turn up on lists of established favorites. These are the secret movies we keep in our pockets like lucky coins—there’s something intimate about them, […]

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Dir. Frank Capra (1944) Cary Grant plays a theater critic who discovers, just after tying the knot, that his beloved aunties are murderous, crazy old coots. Capra’s adaptation of the long-running stage play was written by Casablanca’s Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein. Mon., July 2, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2012

  • WHISKEY A GO-GO

    Since we don’t have our own romantic hot spot the way Ilsa Lund and Rick Blaine had Rick’s Café Américain in Casablanca, we suppose the next best thing would be Astor Wines. All right, all right, let us explain why. Classic Cocktails, Classic Film: Whiskey, hosted by Nora Maynard, serves up clips from great classic […]

  • The Third Man

    (Carol Reed, 1949). This, even more than Kane, made Orson Welles a myth. Set in the broken heart of Europe, The Third Man is a fun-house Casablanca—its geopolitical romance and inherent megalomania appropriate to the Cold War’s bleary dawn. Two-thirds of the way through, Welles makes one of the most dramatic star entrances in movie […]

  • Peter Lorre Double Bill

    As part of his ongoing Cinemachat series at BAM, film historian and critic Elliott Stein takes us back to the days of Old Hollywood with a Peter Lorre Double Bill, featuring The Face Behind the Mask (1941) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Stein has described the great character actor—best known for his roles […]

  • Noise from the Front

    “I don’t mean to be a diva, but some days you wake up and you’re Barbara Streisand.” — Courtney Love MIKA “Love Today,” from Life In Cartoon Motion (Casablanca, 2007) [Music listing for Friday, June 15] Palomar “You’re Keeping Us Up,” from All Things, Forests (Misra, 2007) [Music listing for Thursday, June 14] Yuka Honda […]

  • The Song Remains the Same

    “Ponytail,” the fleeting finale to Panda Bear’s new Person Pitch, isn’t a completely new song. Three albums in—not counting those he’s done with his main outfit, Animal Collective, or with his noise duo, Jane—Noah Lennox (as he’s known offstage) is happy to be stuck not so far from where he started. “That’s the song I’ve […]

  • An Understated Jack Anchors Antonioni’s Leisurely Thriller

    Re-released on its 30th anniversary in the director’s slightly longer “preferred version,” The Passenger—Michelangelo Antonioni’s once enigmatic Jack Nicholson vehicle—looks better now than it did then, in part because it’s so clearly dated. Together with Blow-Up (1966) and Zabriskie Point (1970), The Passenger—co-written with cinema studies titan Peter Wollen—can be seen as part of a […]

  • Theater

    In a future not too distant and a country rather like our own, rampant conservatism, unbridled consumption, and creeping Christianity have encouraged a mass exodus of liberals. While a revived HUAC and the Department of Homeland Security hold sway, the Canadian and Mexican borders swarm with leftists attempting risky escapes. These mordant prognostications are courtesy […]