casablancaPiedmont to screen 'Casablanca' at Arrendale Amphitheater March 16

Topping many polls as one of the best movies of all time, "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as two lovers tossed by the gathering storms of World War II, will be screened at 8:30 p.m., March 16, at the Piedmont College Arrendale Amphitheatre.

Presented by the Office of Student Activities, admission is $3 and free for all Piedmont students, faculty and staff.

Piedmont English professor Dr. Hugh Davis, faculty advisor to the Film Club at Piedmont, will present a brief talk about the history and context of "Casablanca." This year marks the 70th anniversary of the film, which garnered eight Academy Award nominations and earned three Oscars after its release in 1942. Set during the opening days of the war, the film focuses on Bogart's character, Rick Blaine, who must choose between keeping the woman he loves or sending her away to help her husband, the leader of the Czech resistance, in the fight against the Nazis.

In addition to Bogart and Bergman, whom critic Roger Ebert describes as "luminous," the film features many of the best known character actors of the age, including Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. It also includes memorable dialogue, from "Here's looking at you, kid," to "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine," and of course, "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"

The Arrendale Amphitheater is adjacent to the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications on College Drive and features open-air stadium seating with plenty of room to bring your favorite folding chair or cushions and cooler. No alcoholic beverages are allowed, and concessions will be available.

In the event of inclement weather, the film will be shown in the Swanson Center Screening Room.