Casablanca opened on this day in 1942

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Rick’s ex-lover in the movie, Casablanca

Common clues: Rick's love in “Casablanca”; Ingrid in “Casablanca”; “Casablanca" role; "As Time Goes By" requester; Mrs. Victor Laszlo; “Play it, Sam” speaker; She'll “always have Paris”

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News: Ingrid Bergman was as controversial as she was talented

Video: Casablanca – As Time Goes By

I made so many films which were more important, but the only one people ever want to talk about is that one with Bogart. ~ Ingrid Bergman

Casablanca is a 1942 romantic film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, and stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. It focuses on Rick's conflict between, in the words of one character, love and virtue: he must choose between his love for Ilsa and his need to do the right thing by helping her husband, Resistance hero Victor Laszlo, escape from Casablanca and continue his fight against the Nazis.

Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. Bergman's official website calls Ilsa her "most famous and enduring role". The Swedish actress's Hollywood debut in Intermezzo had been well received, but her subsequent films were not major successes — until Casablanca. Ebert calls her "luminous", and comments on the chemistry between her and Bogart: "she paints his face with her eyes". Other actresses considered for the role of Ilsa had included Ann Sheridan, Hedy Lamarr and Michèle Morgan; Wallis obtained the services of Bergman, who was contracted to David O. Selznick, by giving Olivia de Havilland in exchange.

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