“Play it again, Sam.”
One of the most famous lines in one of the best loved movies in cinema history. Only, it isn’t actually what Ingrid Bergman’s character Ilsa says – which is instead “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”
This classic scene takes place in Rick’s Café Américain during 1941. Wouldn’t you love to step right in and hobnob with Bogey and Bergman? Well, the creative people at Future Cinema have done just that, re-creating the setting of Rick’s complete with actors in period dress, so that you can watch Casablanca while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the screen.
“It is 1941 and the Second World War is raging. The Germans have taken Paris and occupied France.
Casablanca is one of the last free cities. The city is a melting pot of cultures, stories and sights. People are desperate to flee a tumultuous Europe and are looking for safe passage across the Atlantic to the Americas. Amidst the turmoil and the frenzy, Ricks Café Americain is a haven for refugees trying to purchase illicit papers and flee the fast approaching war. On a dark night, amongst the chaos, a world-weary Rick Blaine meets his one time love…
Future Cinema invites audiences to step inside the world of Casablanca as the Troxy is transformed into the most exclusive night-spot in town, and join Rick and Ilsa on this whirlwind of mystery, romance and espionage. Gather around Sam’s Piano and join in the chorus of the Marseillaise, dance to Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra, dine at the Blue Parrot Café with food by acclaimed Spanish/North African London restaurant Moro, search for secret bars and discover secret bands, explore the vivid and wild Casablanca and re-live the story as never before.”
Screenings are taking place from 14th February – 3rd March at The Troxy, London, and you can buy tickets on the Future Cinema website.
Should you want to get dressed up to attend, here are some inspirational outfits Ilsa wears in the film. What a classy dame.