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Is there anything you would change about this book?
To be fair, re-reading the summary, it was as advertised. But I would have preferred more of the insider stories about the rivalries over the script, interaction between the actors, and more backstories of the various émigrés in the cast and crew.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
More in-depth information about the various scripts and scriptwriters, and a more detailed picture of exactly who provided what to the final screenplay. From the original, if a bit clunky, story from the playwrights Burnett and Alison, the wit of the Epsteins, the political sensibility of Koch, and the romance from Robinson, we're left with mostly broad strokes. Perhaps there's not much more to tell, but it seems an interesting tale if there is.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Overall, it was okay, but a viewing of the film might have helped the narrator quote the lines in the manner they were delivered. Not a major problem, but it's just enough to realize that the reader may not be familiar with the film, which is a bit of a distraction.
Was We'll Always Have Casablanca worth the listening time?
If you're a fan of the film, as I am, it'll be worth the time. If you've never seen the film, it'll make you want to see it.
Any additional comments?
Honestly, the book has a lot of filler. I could have done with less of the various homages, satire and talk of remakes and sequels. To the book's credit, there are testimonials that should inspire younger generations to check out the film.
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