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.…
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.
It's hard to believe the commonly retold story about Casablanca, that it was treated as just another Hollywood film, although when you think about it, it has all the makings of a 1940s blockbuster rather than a high art film. Directed by studio director Michael Curtiz, and starring a bevy of stars in an overtly pro-ally plot, Casablanca definitely had the formula to be just another romance film. However, the stars must have aligned just right, as every element of the film, from the acting, to the cinematography, was absolutely perfect, setting the film apart from the pack.
The world is at war. The Nazis are slowly creeping their way across the European continent, while the allies try to fight…
Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid Bergman. I can't stop forgetting her from my mind. She was absolutely FLAWLESS. I just wish to have another life which is in the same era with her :)
Great film. A true classic romance that features many notable quotes
"Here's looking at you, kid."
"We'll always have Paris."
"Round up the usual suspects."
"This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."
"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'."
As the last quote suggests, the film features the wonderful song, "As Time Goes By." And with great performances by Peter Lorre, Humphrey Bogart, and the lovely Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is a near perfect film.
'Casablanca' is one of those films that is a cornerstone of popular movie culture, a must-see if you are any way interested in the classic cinema. And yet, it might take a couple of viewings for you to fully appreciate this film.
Everyone remembers 'As Time Goes By' (the song that only stayed in the film, so popular culture has it, because Bergman had cut her hair for 'Joan of Arc', and couldn't retake scenes using another tune) but there is much more to this world-weary romance.
Bogart, of course, was hardly the usual romantic movie hero. Which is possibly what makes him so perfect for Rick, in his Casablanca nightspot, on nobody's side. He spars with Claude Rains (the…
We're all just passing through. Or trying to, anyway.
I didn't really review this film for Dim the House Lights, but it did inspire a long-ish thing over at Dim the House Lights about small-town cinephilia, the politics of viewership, and embarrassing filmography gaps.
Casablanca was one of the first classics i saw in my life and unlike most people i did not fell in love at first sight for it, this was a long time ago and since then i had only re-watched it once and that watched certainly helped me appreciate the movie more but i still didn't find it to be a favorite of mine. But now a few years after that re-watch i was haunted by Casablanca as i step here and there on the internet or on TV upon one of the many great scenes the movie has, i felt like i needed to re-watch it once more to see if a more mature me would like Casablanca.
Casablanca was an interesting movie. I can't tell if I love or hate it, which makes it an amazing movie. The character development is one of the best features of the movie because the characters are not predictable. The plot was difficult to understand, which is both good and bad. It's good because it implies that the audience is intelligent, but it is bad because it's hard to follow what's happening. If the audience does not know about WWII, the movie is extremely difficult to understand. The script is both clever and confusing. It is suggestive, but does not say flat out what is happening. This adds to the confusion of the movie. As far as cinematography, the movie was…
Me gusta el contexto en el que se sitúa la trama, los tintes políticos, los personajes y la ambientación. Pero la columna vertebral de la película, que es el romance, me resulta demasiado pomposa para el espectador de hoy. El resto de elementos sigue siendo muy disfrutable.
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