Allied is a war melodrama with a retro air that is based on the attraction of its two stars, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who play spies on the Allied side during World War II and who are engaged in passionate romance. Casablanca is the closest point of reference for this exercise in nostalgia directed by Robert Zemeckis, and in an obvious nod to that classic film by Michael Curtiz, it’s Casablanca where Canadian spy (Pitt) meets the mysterious agent for the French Resistance movement (Cotillard). In the movie, Casablanca is recreated in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In one of the opening scenes, Brad Pitt gets out of a car in the middle of an exotic square: it is the Plaza de Cairasco, where we see the lovely facade of the Gabinete Literario, a now-iconic example of the city’s Modernist architecture. Since the end of the 19th century, the Gabinete Literario has been a point of reference in the cultural life of Las Palmas, organising all kinds of artistic activities on a nearly daily basis.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Steven Knight
Cinematography: Don Burgess
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris