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.
Bogey as Rick a bar owner in Casablanca who bumps into an old flame and the sparks fly in this all-time classic tale of true love. Awesome juggler. The monkey from The Hangover 2's grandmonkey. Back shot. Refugee roundup. Goofy Nazis. The doorman at Rick's has a badass hat. Cheerio? The first time you see Bogey. Sneaky Paul Lorre. Sam sure can sing. Flirtatious bartender. True Democrat? Ze Plane! Ze Plane! Real motherfuckers speak clearly with a cigarette in their mouth. Fashion nightmare mustaches. Cash in. Check out. Mr. Neutrality. Symbolic ring. The Forbidden Song. Casablanca is the story of a love triangle and the first time Rick, Iisa, and Victor are together they appear to be standing in a…
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!
Happy Birthday to me.
Here's to a beautiful friendship.
And I'm fortunate to have many in my life.
I suspect this review may mark the the end of several beautiful friendships.
I always knew I'd be underwhelmed by Casablanca. I've spent so many years watching silly Bollywood melodramas that I've developed quite an aversion to cinematic romances. (I do enjoy every Austen adaptation thoroughly, because a) Mr Darcy, and b) I'm immeasurably fond of Austen's work.) Casablanca, however, was supposed to be different from all the other ones. I was supposed to fall in love with it. Or something like that.
What's the deal here? It's pretty funny, and Humphrey Bogart is wonderful, and the supporting cast is great, especially Claude Rains. It's well-paced and atmospheric. It's just not - ah, forget it. Of course Casablanca is a…
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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.…
This movie was extremely confusing to me. Since I didn’t get what the movie was about I didn’t like it. One of the most confusing scenes was the flashback. I font know if I missed something but it was super confusing to me. It like jumped from the really story to the flash back and I did even know what was going on. I didn’t know if it was the real story or if it was part of the flash back.
The films name was “Casablanca”. It was directed by Michael Curtiz. This movie was produced by the Warner Bros. the main actors were Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall and Dooley…
This movie had the most smoking in it that I have ever seen in a movie. The title of this movie was Casablanca. The Director was Michael Curtiz. The movie was made in 1942. The genre of this movie is romance. The main subject of the movie was a cheating wife having an affair with a guy and then breaking his heart. The movie started in a bar in Casablanca, introduced the bar owner as a selfish cool guy, brought in a pretty girl and her rich hubby, threw in a couple of Nazis for flavor, and a renegade officer, did a flashback, a tough love scene, a make up scene, an action scene, and then a mushy finally. The…
I like it
You haven't seen this film till you've seen it with Robert McKee. Before, it was a great movie - a fantastic movie. Now? Now it's the best movie I know. I don't think anyone will top this - not ever.
During a six-hour autopsy, with frequent pauses and rewinding, talk of text and subtext, how scenes work, understanding of characters and when/how the plot moved forward, people were laughing, crying, smiling... It just worked. I didn't think it would hold up to this kind of scrutiny. I was wrong. I was so, so wrong.
I bought the blu-ray today. I can't wait to get home and see it again. And again. And again.
I'm sad that the seminar is over and that I'll probably never see this with McKee ever again, but I'll always have London. And this? This is definitely the start of a beautiful friendship.
Thumbs Up: A film that totally lives up to the immense hype with its grand performances, crackling dialogue, superb filmmaking, and a near-perfect ending. There's a reason some films become classics.
Thumbs Down: Nothing much to complain about here, apart from the fact that cinema I saw it in played it in 1:1.67 rather than 1:1.37 so everyone looked like deflated chocolate bunnies melting in the heat.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My favourite films are like best friends that I have gotten to know more intimately as time goes by. It is safe to say that with the latest 4k scan on Blu-ray this particular friend of mine has never looked healthier.
Rather than bore everyone with an endless list of superlatives about just how good Casablanca is, I would like to pick out one scene that appears high in my list of all-time favourite movie scenes and salute it.
The "Marseillaise" scene gives me goosebumps every time I see it. The raw emotion during this sequence is palpable, probably because many of the extras on set at the time were refugees from Europe. They are given the opportunity to bellow…
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