Chapter 3

Old Flames Re-Ignited

It may seem as unlikely as lightning striking twice in the same place, but there is a solid sub-genre of first love or old love rediscovered. Reunion romances.

In Casablanca (1942, screenplay by Philip and Julius Epstein and Howard Koch from the play by Murray Burnett and Joan Allison), two people who had fallen madly in love in Paris years before, chance upon each other in the city of Casablanca in Morocco. In North Africa. In the middle of World War II. In the past, at the height of their love affair, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) disappeared suddenly with no explanation, breaking Rick’s heart (Humphrey Bogart). And they have to overcome that obstacle, that heartbreak, as well as the fact that she is married.

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