January 2nd, 2019

rick & louis

The Importance of Exit Visas - What Casablanca Gets Wrong

I recently read Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II, by Meredith Hindley. The book is nearly 500 pages - and tells the true story of the city of Casablanca during World War II.

I read the book in part because of my deep love for the movie Casablanca. I was especially curious to find out what the movie gets wrong. Sure enough, the author includes a section at the end of the book where she discusses the accuracy of the movie. But there is one significant discrepancy that she only touches on. I would like to take about it in more depth. It is very significant to the plot of the movie, to how the refugee experience is portrayed.

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