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…
Happy Birthday to me.
Here's to a beautiful friendship.
And I'm fortunate to have many in my life.
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!
During my film odyssey I've realized just how little I know about cinema. Sure when people ask me questions about trivia and the such, I'm a bit of an anorak, but I also have a huge missing piece in my journey through film. When I did my 100 Favorite Films List, Louise pointed out that there were no films pre-1960. It's an area that I'm sharply lacking in knowledge on, so I decided to buy up some of the classics from the 30's, 40's, and 50's and broaden my horizon. I've bought some Oscar winners, some classic film noir, swashbucklers, and movies considered all-time classics. That of course is where Casablanca comes into its own, it's a classic all right.…
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…
**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.…
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There are two types of people in the world: those who have seen Casablanca, and those who claim that they have. Well, I am proud to say that thanks to Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies, I have moves from the latter category into the former. Casablanca – much like Gone with the Wind (which I’ve definitely “seen”) – is one of those time-tested classics that is maybe too famous for its own good. The 1942 film from director Michael Curtiz has been referenced and parodied so many times that you almost begin to wonder “what’s the point?”
Still, my own compulsive behavior dictates that I must watch the film. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick Blaine, a…
We'll always have Paris
Still the ultimate, enduring romance in an era consumed with war, filled with timeless, witty quotables to match. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman solidified themselves as the megastars of their time. One of the true defining masterpieces of the Golden Age, but you should already know that by now.
I enjoyed Casablanca a good deal more on re-watch, but I still think it's an exaggeration or stretch of the imagination to call it a "great movie" or a "masterpiece." It's thoroughly entertaining, despite a couple bungled lines ("Please don't go to the underground meeting tonight!" And thanks James Agee for catching that). I was a bit more attentive to the threat of concentration camps, which makes Bogart's eventual decisions more meaningful.
Beautiful. I can't believe it took me so long to watch this. His ending speech would bring tears to the eyes of even the coldest of hearts.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sometimes you can watch a film, fully comprehend why it's a classic, appreciate it for what it is: its cultural importance, its overwhelming sentiment - but still not be personally captivated.
I felt its context almost made it a universally enjoyable romance, which in fairness, isn't easy to accentuate. What is easily done, though, is straightforward dialogue and predictability.
This was the very first black and white film I ever saw, and after that I was hooked. Everyone should see this film. Everyone.
My all time favourite movie bar none!
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