CASABLANCA in the '50s
To fall in love with Casablanca on a first sight is easy. It’s a city which has flourished in a haze of fantasy. With its mix of Parisian-type cafes that spill out into the street alongside the sacks of saffron and cumin to the Art Deco grandeur that is found everywhere. It’s as if the streets of sleeping buildings know full well how extraordinary they are. For many Casablanca’s romantic past inspires their first trip to Morocco. Of course Casablanca’s most famous claim to fame is the movie. “As big and timely a picture as ever you’ve seen! You can tell by the cast it’s important! Gripping! Big!” And it was, the romance of two beloved Hollywood stars: Humphrey Bogart the epitome of class – tough, cool and sophisticated and Ingrid Bergman famed for her saintly, natural beauty - both who remain international icons, perhaps even more celebrated and more respected today than in Their heyday. Over the past six decades Casablanca has grown to be legend and its lines of dialogue is quoted by people who have not even seen the film: “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Both a magical place and a masterful tale, Casablanca is an oasis in the desert.