Casablanca with Fred Zilian
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Come join us and experience  "Casablanca," one of the best loved films of all time, consistently making the top five on "Best Films" list.  Fred Zilian will be our host and commentator   

Desserts from The French Confection and cash bar open at intermission.

This screening comes on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the premiere in 1942, as World War II raged. Be ready to sing the French national anthem during the dramatic scene in which the singing of the denizens of Rick's Café overwhelms the Nazi singing, and to repeat out loud your favorite lines.

The Film: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Rick's Café Americain, Sam, Nazis, love, deceit, heroism, and the yearning for freedom

Come join us and experience it all.


About Fred Zilian:

After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian was for 23 years an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, where he taught history, ethics, and German. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, where he teaches history and politics, and a columnist for the Newport Daily News.
Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He blogs with historical, political, and social commentary at For 20 years, he has been an Abe Lincoln interpreter/presenter. ( He lives in Portsmouth with his wife.


Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman





120 minutes


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