Round up the usual suspects..

Round up the usual suspects..

If Only I were a fly on the wall..

 

We don’t see the behind the scenes activity on a movie set when we sit down to watch a movie. A lot goes on, and boy don’t we wish we could see that! Now, that is some real entertainment! :P If only I could be a fly on the wall!  I had a chuckle when I read about some things that went on during the filming of “Casablanca.”

 

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Sorry, but I need a script….

 I don’t think so….

 

First let tell you how Hedy Lamarr would’ve played Elsa had she not turned down the role. She turned it down because when she was offered the role, she was told, she had to work with an incomplete script. The story goes like this: the writers of “Casablanca,” are said to have written the script in parts as the film progressed. BTW I think Hedy would’ve been a great Elsa!

 

None of the actors knew how the film would end when they first started to shoot the film. The writers delivered daily scripts to the set. I can see how hard it could be for an actor to become a role if he or she had no idea how the role would end up.

 

It is so hard to say goodbye...

It is so hard to say goodbye…

 

How will I pull this off…

 

In fact, Ingrid Bergman found doing this very hard. She claimed she did not know if Elsa would end up with her old flame Rick, (Bogart ) or her husband, Laszlo (Paul Henreid. ) She told one of the writers, Howard Koch, “how can I play the love scenes when I don’t know which man I will end up with?”  His response was, “I don’t know either…”  :D  You see, he had produced two endings and didn’t know which one Michael Curtiz would use.

Well this just makes the film even better to watch because all these actors pulled it off in my book. They developed the characters as the story progressed, and in my book, you have to be a good actor to achieve this.

 

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Elsa and the two men in her life…

Torn Between Two Lovers….

 

Let’s take Bergman’s role. Throughout the film she portrayed a woman in love with two men, yet you picked up on the fact, that her love went deeper for Rick, her old flame. How did she do that not knowing whether she’d end up with him or not?  Or maybe she didn’t pull it off. If a woman loves a man so deeply would she had let him go as she did Rick? Is that realistic?

 

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 Doing the Right Thing

 

Maybe to understand why Elsa did this we have to look at the time the story took place.  Those were very, very dark times. People did the right thing for the right reason. Elsa let go of Rick for something even greater than their love. So, yes, Bergman pulled this off and she didn’t even know how it all ended. Maybe there is something to making a movie like this. After all, isn’t it like this in real life? The script is delivered daily, it changes everyday and…we don’t know how all ends. :)

 

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2 Responses to “Casablanca: Behind the Scenes”

  1. I can’t, even for a second, imagine that “Casablanca” would be a great film if everyone knew where the story was headed. Bergman’s indecisiveness between her men is so realistic, and I have to assume that this was accomplished by her not knowing how to play the role. Well, that and the simple fact that she is one of the greatest actresses of all time!

  2. Thanks Paul for dropping by. I totally agree with you.

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