Thursday, December 23, 2010

Casablanca (4)


The 1942 romantic/war time classic that still wins hearts.

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, a American owns his own salon in Casablanca, Morroco during the second world war. This man seems cold and/or neutral to everyone he meets until the most beautiful girl anyone has ever seen walks into his salon with a man every Nazi wishes he could arrest. Soon everyone finds out how fate wasn't ready to let these two people forget one another and how far it will go to make them be together again.

Ever wonder where some of the most quoted romantic movie lines come from? They are probably from this film.

This is one of the most classic films of all time. I had seen it years ago during a random black&white film kick but then I put it behind me and moved on. Since then I've come across a ton of people who had never seen it so I felt the need to go back and watch it again. It was just as good the second time around.

Keep in mind that this is a movie from the 40's so the action isn't what we're use to. The romance isn't what we would really call romantic. The dialect and difficulties are not as intense as they normally are, but it's so fantastic. This is an incredible movie and a must see for all movie watchers. Even for those not-so-avid movie go-ers, you should really consider seeing this movie.

The story is amazing. The characters are fantastic. This movie is all about its characters and that's what makes it so amazing. The majority of movies I watch now don't spend enough time on the people but rather look at the scenery and the special effects. There is very little of that in Casablanca. That's what makes it so raw and so powerful. Simple sets. Straight forward characters and a solid, believable story.

See some good old style acting with Bogart and Bergman and enjoy the simple yet complicated story. Just sit back and enjoy this one, it's a part of history.

4/5

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