Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Top 100 Tuesday #3 - Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)

Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman
Paul Henreid
Claude Rains
Conrad Veidt
Sydney Greenstreet
Peter Lorre

If you've watched this movie, post your thoughts in the comments, and link back to your blog and any review you may have written. If you chose not to watch, you can write about why.

Next Tuesday...Raging Bull


  1. If Casablanca isn't the best movie ever made (and I think it ranks above Citizen Kane, personally), it's one of the best known and most widely seen of the 40's classics.

    It's become part of the popular culture, homaged and lampooned in equal measure.

    And for good reason: there's something in it for everyone. Humor, pathos, violence, romance, intrigue and morality are all woven together into a solid tapestry with great lines and form.

    At the time of release it was topical, and there are subtle jabs at American isolationism in the dialog. But the film is still relevant today.

    It's about morals and ethics and hard decisions. It's about how even the hardest among us has a soft spot, and it doesn't make them weak. It's about love conquering all...but values.

  2. The only Bogart movie in which I LOVE Bogart. He's a great anti-hero and a great romantic hero. And Ilsa! Who can't feel for Ilsa in this triangle! Being the center of a great man's life SOUNDS terrific, but this movie shows what a heavy burden it can be.

    It's such a grown up romance, sophisticated for the 1940s. Or today, for that matter. Ilsa really is in love with two very different men. Victor knows his wife slept with Rick -- not only in Paris but also in Casablanca -- but forgives her because he loves her. And Rick learns about love and patriotism and honor and himself in ways he never could have predicted.

    It's a great movie. Maybe even a perfect one. And so gorgeous in black and white!

  3. Gal, so true. It's Bogart's signature film.

    I don't think Turner ever "colorized" this film (maybe I'm wrong), but to do so would have taken away more than it gave. Curtiz plays with light and shadow in a way that would have been lost or at least diminished in color.

    The characters of Rick and Ilsa are so subtly developed it almost comes as a surprise when he makes the final decision.

    I also love watching the movie with the commentary by the film historian. He points out that Casablanca is considered a great movie by people who don't like classic movies OR black and white movies. It's that kind of movie that spans across tastes and genres.