Hello readers, this week’s #whatpegmansaw prompt is Casablanca, Morocco.
Mussels in Casablanca (Fiction Word Count: 149)
We sat at table 20
without a single word to say
150-dollar bottle of wine
house Syrah would’ve cost ten
but we were celebrating
and the mussels were free
We were in Morocco filming a remake of Casablanca’s airport scene for the 75th anniversary. Jet fuel at the airport left a rattle in my chest, but the buzz from the job rattled louder. To be part of anything that pertained to such a classic movie was a career highlight. I played Bogart’s character, and my dinner mate, Marietta, played Bergman’s. We had chemistry on set, as we flexed acting muscle, but we refueled in distant silence – even between courses, which made for a nice decompression.
As Mariette stood up to exit, she rubbed her food baby, gave me a wink and said her first words of the night, “Here’s looking at….”
Shaking her head, she stopped.
We both laughed.
What Pegman Saw is a weekly fiction prompt utilizing Google Maps. Pegman picks the location and then the writer uses the street view tour to find a photo to write a short story–150 words or less. To join in or see more – go HERE
I am sure that some readers know the Casablanca movie very well. I only knew of certain lines and scenes, because it is so famous. I might have seen the entire movie way back when, but I plan to watch it the next chance I have.
Anyhow, when I saw the prompt for Morocco – I thought of a girl I used to work with (in 1992) who traveled to Morocco every summer. I also was thinking of mussels because we had some the other night and they were delicious. So I knew I would have someone eating mussels at the Bodega in Casablanca, Morocco.
Then I wondered “who” might be eating mussels in Morocco – and considering this year (2017) was the 75th anniversary for the Casablanca movie, I connected my fiction piece to the movie – with modern-day actors. When the movie was originally being filmed, which was written as it was unfolding, WWII was underway and so there were prop limitations and travel restrictions. The crew could not shoot the scene in Casablanca in the 1940s – and so for my fiction, I had the actors in Morocco to redo the airport scene.
Originally the airport scene had to be filmed in Studio 7 (below) and they used wood cutouts of planes, fog, and extra short actors were hired to make the planes appear larger. (All while Bogart stood on a box to appear taller – and ironically this movie – out of the 30+ he was in – would be the one that led to Bogart being viewed as having ‘sex appeal’ -which he attributed to Bergman’s energy – but it likely was what was portrayed (image projected) and I guess sometimes we need not worry “thinking outside” the box – just need to step up and on the box… ha.)
Here is an image of the mussels we had. They are good – but I can only eat a certain amount and then no mas.