Casablanca

1942

Action / Drama / Romance / War

213
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95%
IMDb Rating 8.5 10 455843

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Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund
Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine
Peter Lorre as Ugarte
Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault
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Reviewed by robfwalter 10 / 10

An extraordinary film from start to finish

What I found most extraordinary about this film is the way it manages to engage right from the start. Within ten minutes, the plot had me enthralled, the characters had me emotionally committed and I was fascinated by the moral questions.

How will Viktor Lazlo escape the Nazis? How complete is Rick's moral degradation? Is there any limit to the depravity of the Vichy regime's representative in Morocco? What happened in Paris between Rick and Ilsa? These questions are all addressed simultaneously as the action unfolds with hypnotic acting by both Bogart and Bergman and brilliantly tight plotting.

Some of the other actors are not quite up to the standard of the leads, but I think this is the way films were made at the time, with broader acting by minor parts than we usually see in films today.

So much of this film is now cliche, but that's because it defined modern Hollywood cinema and thus had a tremendous impact on Western culture. With some essential cultural artefacts, this ubiquity can make them seem a bit tired or over the top, but Casablanca is so perfectly pitched and moves along at such a wonderful pace that it transcends its own transcendence to be what Hollywood has always aspired to - pure entertainment.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 10 / 10

If She Can Listen To It, I Can Too, Sam.

Movie Review: "Casablanca" (1942)

Eastern-block immigrant Michael Curtiz (1886-1962) learning his craft in directing silent movies in 1920s, gets the ultimate shot into Hollywood's major league ingnited by Warner Bros. Studios, led by film executive Jack L. Warner (1892-1978), who reigned with iron-hand the studio lot in Burbank, California from ancient studio-capital of Los Angeles building silent era from 1918, regarding Charles Chaplin and Mary Pickford's company of United Artists (from 1922) as the spinnacle of motion picture artworks, to his resignation in 1972, having structured a still-prevailing system of first-look-exclusives with non-affiliated world-wide operating film production companies.

The highest-regarded film stars of an golden Hollywood era, when the page had been the point of imagination despite the more and more invading trail-and-error digital correction works rampaging through-out any given contemporary event-movie post-production, when screenplays must prevail as instrument of solid production pillars of wisdom toward the final cut as here stunningly achieved with "Casablanca" in an Academy-Award-winning editorial of a 100 Minutes that even the fierces critics due to heavy drinking, smoking, gambling and the never-missing Champagne-sweeting Parisian flashback legendary portrayed by Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) and Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), who got so superbly supported to satisfying conclusion with actors of a decade as Claude Rains, Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre, playing their hearts out in literally-principal photography times of raging war battles around the world.

"Casablanca" remains even with delayed glories of being arguably the Best Picture of the 1940s as further denied to confront competitive "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) directed by William Wyler at the Academy-Award ceremony in its 15th edition on March 4th 1943, due to indecisive New York critics at a November 1942 World Premiere, neglecting a cinematic masterpiece in picture and sound for another year of recognition.

© 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)

Reviewed by Ed 10 / 10

Casablanca, the Unique

This, now celebrated, old film owes much of its character to the number of actual refugees from Hitler's Third Reich in the non-starring roles, (Bogart, Bergman, and Henreid aside).

A brief appearance by Peter Lorre is a case in point and even more so is S.Z. ("Cuddles") Sakall much of whose family was actually wiped out in the holocaust and who has a sizable role in this film as Carl the Waiter.

The inevitable Sydney Greenstreet plays a friendly rival of Rick Blaine's American Cafe and, of course, Dooley Wilson as the pianist and singer Sam of "play it again" fame. No Hoagy Carmichael (Bogie's usual pianist) he, and so his piano playing had to be dubbed as his voice was not. And Claude Rains as the corrupt Captain Louis Renault ("I'm shocked, shocked" and "Round up the usual suspects")

The Song, "as Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld was basically the theme song of "Casablanca" and was used throughout as part of the complete score.

The villainous Nazi Major Strasser was, of course, played by Conrad Veidt who was not Jewish but whose third wife was. Mr. Veidt, however, told the nazis that he was himself Jewish making it certain that he would have to leave Germany. The now-cliched lines have become part of the lore of filmdom but, of course, this film is where they originated!

This is a film that, with all its faults and its occasional historical inaccuracies, still richly deserves its present reputation.

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