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Critic’s Choice: ‘Casablanca’ returns to theaters to celebrate 75th anniversary

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Dooley Wilson, left, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film “Casablanca.”
(Warner Bros. / First National Pictures)
Film Critic

If you care at all about film, you’ve seen “Casablanca,” but shouldn’t you see it again, especially on a big screen? A triumph for a splendid cast top-lined by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of three — best picture, director and screenplay — it’s a picture whose pleasures never grow stale.

Against considerable odds, this World War II tale manages to be as political as it is romantic. Something inexplicably magical happens, creating a story where humor, idealism, cynicism, espionage melodramatics and even deadly gunplay all have a role. It’s almost like a whole season of movies crammed into a single 102-minute package.

Brought back by Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies, “Casablanca” will play on Nov. 12 and 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. at AMC, Regal, Cinemark and other Los Angeles-area theaters.

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