CASABLANCA (1942) is presented as part of ECA’s Film Cabaret Series – screenings of classic films whose stunning cinematography and iconic music was made to be experienced on the big screen. Providing live entertainment during Cabaret happy hour (6:30 pm) are Max Hatt / Edda Glass, appearing in a trio configuration.
In CASABLANCA, Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history. Rick Blaine (Bogart--The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny) owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund (Bergman--Gaslight, Notorious) walks through the front door of Rick's club--Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need.
Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) and a "unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR) that's taken them across the county from NPR Mountain Stage to NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Film Festival. Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass's voice ultimately "one of a kind... you cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz and classical with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together with Glass's literate lyrics, this Jazz Americana evokes the grandeur of the western landscape, telling intimate stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. For more information, visit maxhatteddaglass.com. Max Hatt / Edda Glass’s appearance is made possible with funding from IMTour.
ECA’s Film Cabaret Series is generously sponsored by Cheryl Foster & Carl Zapora and Jack Loos.
This project received support from ArtsWA, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.