Tuesday, March 7 – We’ll Always Have Casablanca

Tuesday at noon on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California, my guest is Noah Isenberg.  Occasionally a book received from publishers immediately finds its place on the very top of the stack of review copies here at Bibliocracy Radio, and so it was with getting this singular appreciation, analysis and insider’s take-apart of the film classic Casablanca, written by my guest this week, Noah Isenberg.  His account of the film’s origins, casting, politics, and place in culture and history is not only a dream come true for die-hard fans, but just plain fun, and one of those books which explains so much beyond only its own purview — in this case how to understand everything from US immigration policy to counter-culture politics as a result of the movie.  On the 75th anniversary of the film’s release, Isenberg talks about We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film.  Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. He is also the author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography,” and is an expert on Weimar cinema and noir.  Thanks for listening, and maybe singing along.