Tired of TV news, immigrant panic, hate speech on the Facebook, I decided to relax with one of my favorite movies, Casablanca.
I press play with box of tissues by my side and …
… ah, here he is, good old Humprey Bogart, son of English and Dutch immigrants. And now, let me hold my breath for the beauty of Ingrid Bergman, who moved to USA from Sweden looking for work.
In the film, she’s married to fugitive Czech, played by Paul Henreid, who used to be Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernried Ritter von Wasel-Waldingau before he emigrated from Austria.
Director is doing a wonderful job. He is signing himself now as Michael Curtiz but used to be known as Mihály Kertész from Hungary.
Antagonist is coming. Conrad Veidt looks dangerous. He fled the Nazis in his home Germany to play Nazi for the rest of his life in Hollywood.
Wide shot of Rick’s bar and I freeze the frame. I see the immigrants from Germany, Hungary, Russia, France, … nationalities in flux – Austrian immigrant is playing Bulgarian, etc.
A scene from the time, not so long ago, when people from European nations escaped to North Africa.
I close my eyes and just listen to the music, written by Max Steiner, Austrian immigrant. Specially that song, Dooley Wilson’s voice and piano. Wikipedia says that “he was one of the few American members of the cast”, meaning he was born in USA because his ancestors were brought there against their will enough time ago.