Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
They had a date with fate in Casablanca!
Casablanca is a classic and one of the most revered films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca which is a refuge for many fleeing foreigners looking for a new life during the war. Political romance with a backdrop of war conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. A landmark in film history.
I hope everybody here has that one movie where you can put on at any time, and get a huge smile across your face. It's the definition of entertainment at the movies for me. No matter how many times I watch it, it will never get old, grow tiresome, or run its' course. From Rick's signature introduction all the way to that classic scene on the runway, this is a beautiful friendship that will not end any time soon.
Set in unoccupied France in the Morrocan city of Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, owner of Rick's Cafe Americain. When stolen 'letters of transit' are stashed in the saloon, it is Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) and Major Strasser of…
I hate it when people say stuff like: "You should watch this because it's a masterpiece!"
Those people are annoying idiots.
You should watch this because it's a masterpiece!
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Few films mean as much to me as Casablanca. It is a film I have watched many times, twice in the cinema, and it never fails to wow me each time.
But how does one single film manage to be just as effective each and every time? How is that every time Rick is left at the train station, I find myself feeling just as betrayed as he is? How is that all these comedic bits I've heard countless times still make me laugh hard? How come I am deeply moved every time during that final exchange between Rick and Ilsa?
The answer lies in the films craftsmanship, which has led to its timelessness.…
Ah, the wonder of storytelling.
I've seen Casablanca many, many times at this point, and what really struck me this time was just how visually pleasing the movie really is. I mean, we've got a romantic story here that transcends romance, a script with some of the best dialogue ever spoken onscreen, moving performances, and then, then there's that lighting. I never realized before how much Casablanca feels, visually, like noir. Don't get me wrong: this is most certainly NOT a noir film. Yet, the lighting throughout is so meticulous, so wonderfully high contrast. I felt like there were more shadows than lit spots.
Yeah. Casablanca, man.
I've waited a long time for this, and when the opportunity arose to finally watch it and on 35mm no less, it felt like fate.
I kind of knew it would have to be great, but I didn't expect the script to be that amazing and jam packed with witty lines.
On the surface, Madeleine Lebeau is hotter than Ingrid Bergman (I sense a shit storm heading my way), but I get why she's adored even though I've never been too into her, and she's doing an OK job here.
Bogey, though, is on top of his game, and is paired to perfection with Claude Rains, himself pulling of a marvellous French captain. Them two are the real driving force…
This was my first watch and for a 70 year old film it is really badass. Humphrey Bogart's cigarettes alone are cooler than almost any film released today. I didn't expect to dig this nearly as much as I did. I always thought that this would be a film that I should see but didn't really see myself loving it. I'm glad I was wrong. It definitely lived up to it's reputation. As a bonus it looks amazing on blu-ray.
Casablanca is everything it has been endlessly championed as; sweepingly romantic, tragic, suspenseful and effortlessly cool, filled with some of the greatest dialogue and iconic performances ever exemplified from the golden age of the silver screen. Somehow I've managed to go nearly twenty four years without ever having seen this legendary piece of enigmatic cinema, and I kick myself now for having put it off for so long. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are both exemplary in career-defining roles, channeling all of the irresistible charm, suavity and grace that made them both such larger than life figures in the folklore of Hollywood history. The supporting cast is just as memorable though with brilliant if minor performances from Claude Rains, Peter…
Ingrid Bergman, and everybody else, is perfect. Love the lighting.
Wonderful use of setting. Timeless love story.
It's one of the best and most beloved films ever for a reason. It really has no faults. Everything about it is exceptional. It's greatness almost makes it a cliche of itself as you know the famous lines before they happen, robbing it of a little of its true effect.
Considered one of the greatest films of all-time this well-loved classic deserves to be here. It is the hallmark of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's careers. It has one of the greatest scripts of all time and it has achieved legendary status over the years. Many consider it purely the best film ever made and in all honesty, I would never try to refute that.
You do not need explosions and violence, only great characters and a story with both drama and humor. Up until the final moments of the movie you are captivated the entire time. Then fittingly you are left with the two men walking off into the night with the words, "Louis I think this is the…
This was amazing, it truly was. The pacing is perfect, the cinematography is perfect, the script is perfect. It's all perfect. I feel like this is the role Bogart was made for. I can't really think of anything to say at this point, so I think I will just let it sit for now. A timeless classic.
Of all the films, in all the genres, in all the world, this walks into my life.
(screened at the Music Box Theater, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies)
What can I say about Casablanca that hasn't already been said. It's a great movie, but to me, it's the greatest movie ever made. That's just my opinion, but it is an opinion held by many others. Some people argue that Citizen Kane or The Godfather are better films. Personally, I don't even like Citizen Kane. I'll admit it's technically brilliant, but I don't really identify with any of the characters, or maybe my antipathy for Orson Wells's character keeps me from doing so for the rest. Whatever the case, I can see how someone would put Citizen Kane above Casablanca. I just never would do so myself. I do love The Godfather. It's a great movie, and I've seen…
It's hard to know exactly what makes Casablanca so great. It could be any number of contributing factors which combine to be a greater whole. The story is so simple but the script is so sharp that there isn't a wasted line. There really is something for everyone and it all comes together so wonderfully.
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