This film is one of the most well-known and watched American film of all time. For generations now it has awed all who watch it. Casablanca is one of those films that is what movies are all about. It has everything that a movie from the golden age of cinema should have. A great story, compelling love, a huge amount of rich characters, and a perfect snapshot of the time that it was made in. This is probably one of the most quotable movie of all time. Many sayings we have in our language are line from this amazing script of this film. Even though it was made 70 years ago its influence still lives on in not only the sayings that we use everyday but the characters we see in our films. If you havent seen the film, watch it immediately and you’ll know exactly what i mean. I actually had a friend who had watched this movie for the first time pretty recently and he told me he was amazed by all the lines we hear everyday that came from this film. It is truly embedded in our culture.
This film also had an all-star cast in its day. For starter as the two leading characters it had the great Humphrey Bogart and the amazingly beautiful and talented Ingrid Bergman. Humphrey Bogart is one of the most recognizable American actors of all time. He was wildly popular with both men and women. He was the ultimate man’s man, everyone wanted to be just like Humphrey Bogart. Hell I wanna be Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman is one of the greatest actresses ever to live and was loved by everyone who knew her. Alfred Hitchcock once said he never met a man who knew Ingrid that wasnt secretly in love with her. She is my personal favorite actress of all time and for good reason, she is simply amazing. She is the winner of three academy awards and is among the few people who have won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. Not only the leading member of the cast are great but that are surrounded by amazing supporting actors. The supporting cast includes, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Claude Rains.
The score of this film is also something of note. It is always high on the lists of greatest movie scores of all time. It is so iconic that Warner Brothers studio uses it at the beginning of their trailers when the WB symbol is seen. The popular song as time goes by is also from this film.
Everything about this film comes together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. It is definition movie magic. This film will grab you right at the beginning and not let you go untill the very end. If you havent seen it please do so. It is one of my very favorite films that anyone with a heart will enjoy.
Here’s the original trailer.