Biggar Little Cinema

The Community Cinema at the Corn Exchange

All our proceeds go to local organisations and Rotary charities

As we are sure you know, The Corn Exchange remains closed because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The Trustees will be responding to Government advice as it develops, but it is expected that the closure will be for a considerable time yet.

Biggar Little Cinema would like to thank all our supporters for their patience and understanding during these unusual and difficult times. We await further news about the closure of The Corn Exchange, and we trust that we may be able to safely show films at some time later this year.

Movie Trivia

Readers of our Facebook page will know that we have been running an occasional series featuring movie trivia which we hope bring a little light relief. Here’s another addition to our collection of strange movie facts.

In the iconic Casablanca (shown at Biggar Little Cinema in April 2018), Dooley Wilson, the actor who played Sam, became famous as the piano player at Rick's 'Café Américain'. Wilson was an experienced musician and bandleader — but not in fact a piano player. He was a drummer and singer, and mimed the piano playing for the classic 'As Time Goes By' and for all other songs in the film. The piano music for his performances was played off-screen and dubbed in later.

Casablanca, filmed in 1942, is an American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, and was based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play 'Everybody Comes to Rick's'.

The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and, of course, Dooley Wilson.

Set during contemporary World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Exceeding expectations, Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, while Curtiz was selected as Best Director and the Epsteins and Koch were honoured for writing the Best Adapted Screenplay and gradually its reputation grew. Its lead characters, memorable lines and pervasive theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.

Please click here if you would like to read more about Casablanca.

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