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Refugees and free speech: How Hollywood classics 'Casablanca' and 'High Noon' were shaped by politics

Refugees and free speech: How Hollywood classics 'Casablanca' and 'High Noon' were shaped by politics

What does it mean to be a moral person?  Faced with adversity, would we choose to do the right thing? These fundamental questions are at the heart of two of Hollywood’s most iconic films —“Casablanca” and “High Noon”— and contribute to their timeless appeal. To coincide with “Casablanca’s” 75th and “High Noon’s” 65th anniversaries, two new books explore how this preoccupation with questions of conscience arose in response to historical circumstances: the Hollywood blacklist in the case of “High Noon” and World War II and the refugee crisis it created for “Casablanca.” 

In “We’ll Always Have Casablanca,” Noah Isenberg dives into the film’s...

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