Thursday, November 28, 2013

Classic Movie Review: Casablanca (1942)

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Casablanca (1942) – Directed by Michael Curtiz; Written by Julius J. Epstein, Phillp C. Epstein and Howard Koch; Cinematography by Arthur Edeson; Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, Dooley Wilson, Marcel Dalio, John Qualen and Helmut Dantine.

By Kenny Howell

When I think of fine Hollywood craftsmanship, Casablanca is the movie that comes to mind. But it wasn’t the typical Hollywood affair as much of the film was written on the fly. The stars didn’t even know the famous ending until late in the filming process. The finished project, however, is as sharp as it was in 1942.

It is a classic love story of the one that got away. Ilsa left Rick years ago in Paris, and she shows up at his bar in Casablanca, now married, and needing his help. If he helps Ilsa she will leave with her husband who has Germans tracking him. But if Ilsa stays, he can rekindle the love they had in Paris.

About as perfect as a romantic Hollywood movie you can get. Perfect script, cast including Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon) and Ingrid Bergman in what many consider to be one of the best American films of all time.

Rating: ****

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