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Casablancais a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz. It has a star-studded cast that includes Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The film was based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's then-unproduced playEverybody Comes to Rick's. Warner Bros. bought the play for $20,000, which was the most anyone in Hollywood had ever paid for an unproduced play. It is set during World War II and focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman, and helping her and her husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca so that her husband can continue his fight against the Nazis.

Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expectedCasablancato be anything out of the ordinary. It was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. The film was a solid success in its initial run and did well at the box office. The movie won three Academy Awards in 1944, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, although one of the lines most closely associated with the film — «Play it again, Sam» — is a misquotation; Bergman's character actually says: «Play it, Sam. Play'As Time Goes By'.» The film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.


Back to the Futureis a 1985 American science fiction adventure comedy film. It is directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg. It stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Crispin Glover. The film tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in a plutonium-powered «time machine» invented by slightly mad scientist Dr. Emmett «Doc» Brown. He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally attracts his future mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love. With the help of the scientist, he must find a way to return to 1985 and go back to the future.

Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they attended school together. Back to the Future was released on July 3, 1985 and became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $383 million worldwide. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Ronald Reagan quoted the film in his 1986 State of the Union Address. In 2008, the American Film Institute acknowledged the film as the 10th-best film in the science fiction genre. The film marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequelsBack to the Future Parts IIandIIIreleased in 1989 and 1990.


The Great Gatsbyis a 2013 3D romantic drama film. It is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film is co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The official Warner Bros. website says: «The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before.» It follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (played by DiCaprio) and his neighbour Nick, who tells of his encounter with Gatsby in 1920s America. Warner Bros. says, «Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.»

Prior to this film there had already been a Broadway play and numerous film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel. When Luhrmann was asked about the movie, he stated that he planned the remake to be more timely due to its theme of criticizing the often irresponsible lifestyles of wealthy people. It is perhaps a reflection of money in the early 21st century.The Great Gatsbywas planned to be filmed in New York, where the novel is set, starting in June 2011. The director instead opted to have the principal photography happen in Sydney. Filming began on September 5, 2011, at Fox Studios Australia. The shoot finished on December 22, 2011, with additional shots filmed in January 2012.


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