Although Rick professes to be neutral in all matters, he ran guns to Ethiopia during its war with Italy and fought on the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War. From left to right: Henreid, Bergman, Rains and Bogart Petty crook Ugarte boasts to Rick of "letters of transit" obtained by murdering two German couriers. The papers allow the bearers to travel freely around German-occupied Europe and to neutral Portugaland are priceless to the refugees stranded in Casablanca.
Many of them exhort its greatness.
I don't disagree with them. But I'd like to add a suggestion to those of you out there who haven't seen this film. I'd like to tell you HOW to watch it. The people who made this movie didn't think they were producing a masterpiece. Bergman left the shoot disgusted.
The screenwriters were on salary for Warners, writing half a dozen movies a year, and this was just one more. Bogie was punching the clock in the middle of a workhorse career. So as an audience member, you can't sit down expecting gilded greatness. Don't have a Casablaca party.
Don't watch it on your first date, hoping it will lend that "Romantic Touch. Buy this movie on DVD. Have it at the ready. And then, one Friday night, when your plans fall through and you find it's The characters in Casablanca are absolutely devoid of sentimentalism.
Every one of them sees the world without a hint of rose color in their lenses. As Rick says, "Three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this big old world.
There is no single movie that deserves to be called the best movie of all time. Because movies, when all is said and done, don't amount to a hill of beans. They are meant to entertain us, not for us to worship THEM.
But no movie has ever known this fact like Casablanca.
If you watch Casablance this way, with no expectations, with no "hype," you might catch 10 percent of its greatness on one viewing. And that will be enough to start you on your way. Maybe Raft showed some good sense in letting a better actor handle those roles.
In any event we've got some proof in the case of Casablanca. Instead with Bogey we get that, but also one of the great love stories of the century.
Humphrey Bogart set the standard for playing expatriate American soldiers of fortune in Casablanca. Right now he's between wars running Rick's Cafe Americain in Casablanca in Morocco, an area controlled for the moment by the Vicky French government.
He's got his fingers in a whole lot of pies, but Bogey operates with his own code of ethics. He sticks his neck out for nobody.
Nobody except the great love of his life Ingrid Bergman who left him mysteriously in Paris as he was fleeing the oncoming German occupation.
She walks back into his life with a husband, Paul Henreid who is a well known anti-fascist leader. The rest of the film is a contest for Bogey's soul. Torn between his great love, his own anti-fascist beliefs, and certain practical necessities of operating a liquor and gaming establishment in a hostile environment.Critics Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from.
Casablanca () was directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film . Casablanca received "consistently good reviews". The film Casablanca was a plot device in the science-fiction television movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (), based on John Varley's story.
It was referred to in Terry Gilliam's dystopian Brazil (). Film Reviews - By Decade ; Film Reviews - Most Popular; Casablanca () Pages: Background. The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca (), always found on top-ten lists of films, is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle.
The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the. "Casablanca" remains Hollywood's finest moment, a film that succeeds on such a vast scale not because of anything experimental or deliberately earthshaking in its design, but for the way it cohered to and reaffirmed the movie-making conventions of its day.
Jan 23, · Casablanca accomplishes that which only a truly great film can: enveloping the viewer in the story, forging an unbreakable link with the characters, and only letting go with the end credits.
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