AM774 . Bruce in Beijing

Of all the Gin Joints in all the world you had to come into this one!

2014-05-20 15:37:37

Casablanca film poster

Camels in desert - Morocco

Casablanca skyline

Marrakesh - water seller in market

Marrakesh central square and mosque

Rabat harbour

There are Hollywood films, no matter how old they are, that remain the finest movies of all time. ‘Casablanca’ shot in 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is still the greatest ever romantic thriller. Music including ‘As Time Goes By’ is immortal and lines such as ‘Here’s looking at you kid’ are simply unforgettable. More recently Bertie Higgins sang the popular song ‘Casablanca’ based around love with backdrops from that black-and-white film. Many people have images of Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco based on what they saw in the movie – which was actually produced on a set created in Hollywood.

有些好莱坞电影,不管时间过了多久,依然是经典之作。1942年的卡萨布兰卡,由亨弗莱·鲍嘉和英格丽·褒曼主演,依旧是最伟大的浪漫电影。电影中的插曲《随时光流逝》和经典台词“这就看你的了,宝贝”至今令人难忘。后来贝蒂·希金斯演唱的流行歌曲“卡萨布兰卡”则是基于这部黑白电影里的爱情和背景故事。很多人心里的卡萨布兰卡的印象,这个摩洛哥最大的城市,实际上正是好莱坞的布景创造的。

Today we meet a young Moroccan, Badr Benjelloun, living in Beijing and proprietor of the cosy ‘Cuju’ café bar located in a hutong between Beixinqiao and Zhangzizhong Lu. Badr talks of his homeland and of his city, Casablanca, where recently a replica of ‘Rick’s Café’ immortalised by the film, opened up.

今天,我们见到了一位年轻的摩洛哥人,住在北京的巴德尔·本杰隆,他是位于北新桥和张自忠路之间胡同里的“蹴鞠”酒吧老板。巴德尔谈到了他的家乡,和卡萨布兰卡这个城市,以及最近在卡萨布兰卡开张的“里克咖啡馆”,是电影里不朽的景点翻版。

To discover what many travellers feel is the real magic of Morocco an overland journey to fabled Marrakesh is necessary. That walled city lies at the northern end of former camel caravan trade routes across the Sahara Desert. With a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains its location is simply stunning. Life in the Old City has changed little from its days as one of North Africa’s greatest trading cities.

对于许多游客来说,要发现摩洛哥的真正魔力,一场传说中的马拉喀什陆路旅程是非常有必要的。这座围城坐落在横跨哈撒拉沙漠的骆驼商队的贸易路线最北端。在白雪皑皑的阿特拉斯山脉背景下,这座围城的位置是令人震惊的。这座古城如今的生活和它早期作为北非最重要的贸易城市的历史并没有太多变化。