It's a misquote. We all know it, we've all heard it, we all embrace the fact that we're not saying quite the right line. And yet? It's hard for a film fan to not say "Play it again, Sam" when "Casablanca" is referenced. (Humphrey Bogart's line is actually "you played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can stand it. Play it!")
Hmm. That's even more heart-wrenching than the cooler "Play it again, Sam," right? Feelings.
You are welcome to debate the line, and enjoy this classic among classics, when the LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats season opens on June 1, 2013.
What's Last Remaining Seats? It's a brief and starry series of classic films shown in classic LA venues, like the Orpheum and the Palace. Film critics and stars and authors stop by to chat about plot and character and hilarious anecdotes from the set.
This year? We are indeed excited about the film with the famous misquote, and "My Fair Lady" and "La Bamba," too. Oh, that's right; very often one newer older film, from the '70s or '80s, will screen. "La Bamba" is this year's excellent selection.
It's a way of preserving our historic theaters and our movie legacy. But it is just fun, too, and a summertime tradition. Greeters dressed as citizens of the Emerald City posed for photos with film goers at last year's "The Wizard of Oz" screening.
All movies are on Wednesday nights save "Casablanca" which will screen twice, daytime and nighttime, on Saturday, June 29.
The LA Conservancy is indeed, in other words, playing it again, Sam.