One of my favourite movies is Casablanca. A friend and I just watched it again recently and it has sent us on a bit of a “6 degrees of separation” kick which includes the book for today’s Tantalizing Teaser and First Chapter, First Paragraph memes. It’s called We’ll Always Have Casablanca which, of course, is a play on a line from the movie — “We’ll always have Paris” says Rick to Ilsa.
First Chapter, First Paragraph has a new host, I’d Rather Be At The Beach, you can reach here. Easy to participate. Include your book title and author, a picture of the cover, and quote the first (or first two) paragraph(s) from the book. Leave your link at the blog site along with a comment on what is posted there. Learn about other books people are reading by visiting their blogs and noting their excerpts.
My book for today, We’ll Always Have Casablanca, is by Noah Isenberg and contains a thorough examination of every part of the production, cast, crew, publicity, music, and afterlife of the movie Casablanca. It holds many amazing facts, anecdotes, and reminiscences that will fascinate fans of the movie of all ages. Here’s how it begins:
Chapter 1 Everybody Comes To Rick’s
Casablanca began its fabled career as a modest, unproduced, three-act play, Everybody Comes to Rick’s, written in 1940 by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. An English teacher at Central Commercial High School in midtown Manhattan, Burnett was at the start of his career as a playwright. He’d only recently finished his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, and reserved his skills as a dramatist mostly for nights and weekends. A few years before, based on his experiences at his day job, he’d finished a draft of a play he called An Apple for the Teacher, which would later be known as Hickory Stick. Cowritten with Fredrick Stephani, it would eventually earn an abbreviated run on Broadway — five days total at the Mansfield Theatre— in May 1944. Sometime in the late 1930s, Burnett met his writing partner Alison at the Atlantic Beach Club, one of the many cabana-lined enclaves that dot the South Shore of Long Island, which they both frequented in summer. They quickly began a happy collaboration that lasted many years.
I’ve started my own meme, Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers which may not appear every week but when it does, it will always be on Tuesday. To participate, show the title, author, and cover, and choose a random (or not) quote to share with other readers. Here’s my quote from the above book.
“We know characters better than we know our friends,” [Robert McKee] wrote in his 1997 guide Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, “because a character is eternal and unchanging, while people shift—just when we think we understand them we don’t. In fact, I know Rick Blaine in Casablanca better than I know myself. Rick is always Rick. I’m a bit iffy.” p. 39-40
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