Review: “…of all the opera houses in all the world…she has to walk into mine”

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Philip Browning, Copy Director in London gives his review of the remastered ‘Casablanca’, accompanied by a live performance of Max Steiner’s Academy Award-nominated score, performed by Cinematic Sinfonia and conducted by Dirk Brossé.

Max Steiner’s majestic score for the classic 1942 movie ‘Casablanca’ was written for a full Hollywood orchestra. Hearing it played live at the Royal Opera House gives the script an emotional punch it may have lost in familiarity. The necessity to project the dialogue (which is genius throughout) in subtitles, because Bogart and Bergman can’t be heard over the sweeping strings, gives the film an odd, if very contemporary, distancing effect.

How soon before ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ with The Royal Philharmonic?