Casablanca is considered to be one of the finest films that Hollywood has ever produced. It featured some of the best known actors of the time including the starring pair Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The movie is set in Africa during the early part of World War II and follows an American expatriate who must choose between love and integrity. Casablanca won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture, from 8 Academy Award nominations. It was released in 1942 and received most good reviews. Despite many of the movies from this era fading into obscurity, Casablanca remains popular to this day. Let’s take a look at who directed this popular movie.
Who directed Casablanca?
Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film. Curtiz was the close friend of the producer Hal B. Wallis. Wallis originally wanted director William Wyler, but he was unavailable for the filming. Even though he won an Academy Award for his work on the film many experts were critical of his directing. Some of the subsidiary footage, including the opening montage, was directed by Don Siegel.
Did you know?
Michael Curtiz directed more than 150 films during his career, including the popular Christmas film “White Christmas”. He was nominated for 3 other Academy Awards during his career, but didn’t win another one.