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Hollywood Golden Age classic that definitely offers something for everyone
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written by Lastcrackerjack April 3, 2006 - 7:36 PM PDT
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Much beloved Oscar winner for Best Picture of 1942, often referenced by today's filmmakers, this Warner Bros. Pictures classic features a sharp, witty screenplay drenched in period romance and intrigue by Juliuis & Phillip Epstein and Howard Koch and an uncredited Casey Robinson (based on an unproduced play called "Everybody Comes To Rick's"), strong direction by contract player Michael Curtiz (the camera movement and close-ups are particularly vivid), second unit direction by Don Siegel and key creative contributions from producer Hal Wallis. The highly entertaining movie seems to be the exception to the auteur theory.

Humphrey Bogart was up until the time known for playing gangsters with names like "Bugs" or "Duke" and was cast here in his first romantic lead. His chemistry with Ingrid Bergman is legendary. Through their performances you definitely feel the pain each of these lovers caused in the other.

Part of the film's timeless appeal - Roger Ebert supposes that "Casablanca" is on even more Greatest Films Of All Time lists than "Citizen Kane" - is its variety. There is truly something here for everyone: Hollywood Golden Age stars at their peak, intrigue, melodrama, romance, tragedy, World War II, a love triangle, a faithful buddy and great music ("As Time Goes By" is used to memorable effect and has become Warner Bros. Pictures' theme music.)

The musical score is by Max Steiner, who also scored "Gone With The Wind". Like that classic romance, "Casablanca" also ends with unrequited love, a feeling all of us can relate to on a personal level and in the movies, a powerful emotion we remember more vividly than all the times the guy predictably got the girl.

bogey. bergman.. pure poetry
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written by psychodrama311 June 15, 2003 - 1:32 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
the summer of 1988 was a great tyme. spent the whole summer.. surfing. playing baseball. and watching movies. all kinds of movies. one hot august day. my cousin brang over this ancient movie that i had read about before. casablanca. and i was forever changed. after the movie was over.. i wasn't even sure i understood the movie. even now when i watch it.. i am amazed that i see more and more.
although some might think at the heart of the movie..is a love story. i see it more as a story of redemption and final goodbyes. bogey saying goodbye to paris. bergman saying goodbye to true love. both of them reaching for redemption for their weaknesses. beautiful shot.. i heard they colorized this movie back when that was hip. thank god they went back to black and white.. cause.. it adds to the mystery of casablanca. i reccommend this movie to everyone with a soul.. and a penchant for movies that go bang boom..just to get your attention.

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