Directed by Michael Curtiz. US. 1942. NR. 102 minutes. Warner. Digital.
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Sun., December 27, 2015
What better way to top off the holidays than with Bogie, Bergman and “all the usual suspects” in that ultimate romantic classic, Casablanca. With its perfect blend of witty, intelligent dialogue, superlative performances on all levels, and brilliant timing, Casablanca has earned its popularity many times over. Probably no script this side of Shakespeare has so many inspired and quotable lines, provided by a supporting cast that includes such notables as Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt and Dooley Wilson (as Sam, playing “As Time Goes By” again); and nowhere can one find so many beautifully realized set-pieces. Amidst the intrigues of war-torn Morocco, two erstwhile lovers discover that “the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,” as they commit themselves to a cause that is much greater than any one person. This is truly a film that gets better every time you see it, and stirs all the right feelings for all the right reasons. And if, perchance, this is the first time that you will be having the pleasure of seeing Casablanca, then “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” (Bill Roth)