Directed: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
When thinking of classic films from the early 20th century one cannot go past the legendary Casablanca. It's memorable theme song "As Time Goes By" sung by Sam (Dooley Wilson) and it's many one liners that are forever quoted and misquoted in popular culture have made this film iconic and synonymous with early American cinema. Half of us probably haven't even seen it but we all know it. Ahh yes Casablanca!
Former gun runner and loyalist Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is looking after himself and now owns a profitable cafe called "Rick's Cafe Americain" in the Vichy controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. The city is a haven for all sorts trying to buy their way out of Europe with visas to America. An old flame named Isla (Ingrid Bergman) arrives and Rick finally learns about her past and is faced with some tough decisions on her future.
Having never actually seen the film in full, I felt that I knew it intimately due to it's popularity and often played sound bytes in other movies and media. I finally got to see where those legendary Bogart one liners came from and funnily enough the most famous saying of them all "Play it again Sam" is not even in the movie.
I enjoyed the film but I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites and it didn't really live up to the hype, but that's not the films fault. I can see how it was such a popular movie for it's day, especially in 1942 with the world at war. Ingrid Bergman is so beautiful and glows throughout the film and Bogart sure is one cool character. Here's looking at you Kid. ROB