Casablanca Seminar with Nina Kleinberg

This digital seminar is offered on a sliding scale, starting at $5.00. Your contribution directly supports Amherst Cinema during our temporary closure. Please note that a $1.00 service fee will be added to the total ticket cost. Thank you!


If you don’t know a pan from a dolly, or an over-the-shoulder from a two-shot, this program is for you! Local filmmaker and film expert Nina Kleinberg walks us through the making of CASABLANCA in this Zoom seminar.

Many of you know Nina from her appearances at Amherst Cinema, including her 2015 film series Film School in 90 Minutes (which included CASABLANCA), her 2016 series Out of this World on 1950s science fiction films, her 2019 series Print the Legend on classic Westerns, or her Science on Screen presentation on SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

If you missed this hit presentation in our theater, now's your chance to catch it online and connect with fellow film fans from home.


How will this work?

This ticket purchase provides you with a link to the Zoom meeting, where Nina will present her seminar live at 7:00pm EST on Wednesday, May 13. Please note that this ticket does not include access to the film CASABLANCA. We suggest you watch CASABLANCA before the seminar. Click here to see where you can rent it online.

To access the seminar, you will need to have Zoom installed on your computer, phone, or tablet. We encourage you to download the Zoom client before the seminar starts. You can do that here.

At the end of Nina's presentation, we'll have a section for questions and conversation which will be moderated to keep things orderly.


What Nina will cover in the seminar

Learn how the Warner Brothers’ team took “the worst play ever written” and turned it into one of Hollywood’s most treasured movies. Hear about the players who brought the script to life. Humphrey Bogart knew it would make his career. Ingrid Bergman took the job while she waited for something better. Paul Henried tried to get out of it. Rick’s Café Americain was filled with real refugees from Hitler’s Europe. You’ll hear their stories, too.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the work of the director, the cameraman, the editor and others. How do you move a 200-pound camera? How do three lights define a face? And how did classically trained composer Max Steiner take a simple tune and turn it into a symphonic masterpiece of scoring?

Using raw footage, clips and production stills with expertise and humor, Kleinberg reveals how suspense is "manufactured" from raw materials, how continuity errors end up in the final film, and how the filmmakers worked around the censors from the Hays Commission.