Casablanca (1942) Film

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As a huge movie fan, can you believe that I have never watched the classic, Casablanca before?!  In all the film classes I took, we never watched it.  It is quite shameful that it took me until now to watch it, but at least I can finally cross it off of my list.

I have seen the famous clip of the end scene several times but I didn’t know what to expect for the entire movie leading up to it.  I also knew many infamous quotes that came from this film, but I didn’t know their place in the story.

FILE – NOVEMBER 23, 2012:  The American romantic movie drama Casablanca celebrated its world premiere on November 26, 1942. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the film was a solid success in its initial run, winning three Academy Awards, and its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113854183&EditorialProduct=Archival&esource=maplinARC_uki_12nov Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) and Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) star in the Warner Brothers film 'Casablanca', 1942. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NOVEMBER 23, 2012: The American romantic movie drama Casablanca celebrated its world premiere on November 26, 1942. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the film was a solid success in its initial run, winning three Academy Awards, and its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.
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I first knew of Humphrey Bogart because of his role in Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn.  Even though he as 85 acting credits between 1928 and 1956, the year before he passed away after struggling with throat cancer, I have not watched any of his other films (to my knowledge).  He is a talented actor, so I think I may have to watch several of his other films.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should watch?

Ingrid Bergman is often mentioned alongside Katharine Hepburn, for the fact that they are two of the most Oscar-awarded actresses.     Throughout her life, she had 52 roles under her belt.  One of which, was acting alongside Gregory Peck in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945).  Peck (*swoon*) and Hitchcock are two of my favorite men and Spellbound became a top movie for me instantly.  Bergman’s last film was in 1982, when she played Golda Meir in the TV movie, A Woman Called Golda.  Bergman passed away on her 67th birthday in 1982, also from cancer.

Another face in Casablanca, one I highly appreciate, is that of Peter Lorre.  Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) is one of my favorite movies and Lorre does an amazing job playing Dr. Einstein in the film.  Every time I see him in a film, it is a pleasant surprise and Lorre has 113 acting credits to his name, so it happens quite often.  Lorre passed away in 1964, and no, not from cancer.  Lorre unfortunately had chronic gallbladder issues, got addicted to the morphine he was prescribed for the pain and it caused a downward spiral both for his health and for his career.  He passed away the same year he did his last film, The Patsy from a stroke.  Vincent Price did the eulogy at his funeral.

Now, back to Casablanca- I enjoyed the film and I can see why it is such a classic.  I dislike romantic films but I find that the wit of Bogart evens out the love aspect.  The scenes with comedic relief, and the love triangle that Bogart, Bergman and Henreid have, that is.

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The drama concerning the war is also a great break from the love portion of the film.  It adds suspense and emotion while also leading up to how the film ends.  It all comes together perfectly and if it were to end any other way, I would be upset.  The sacrifices Bogart made for Bergman, shows how much he deeply did love her and I am very happy that while it was emotional, it wasn’t a “let’s make Joanna cringe because we’re just so sappy” kind of scenario.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film, but I don’t know how often I would watch it.  It’s not one of the films I would want to watch every month or anything, but maybe I’ll now say that October 1st is now the annual “Watch Casablanca Day”.

Here are my favorite quotes from the film/ the most famous quotes:

“Here’s looking at you kid.”

“Yvonne: Where were you last night?
Rick: That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.
Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?
Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.” (My all time favorite, it’s too great.)

“*I’m* the only “cause” I’m interested in.”

“Ilsa: I wasn’t sure you were the same. Let’s see, the last time we met…
Rick: Was La Belle Aurore.
Ilsa: How nice, you remembered. But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris.
Rick: Not an easy day to forget.
Ilsa: No.
Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“I love you so much. And I hate this war so much.”

And of course,

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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Are you a fan of Casablanca or are you one of the people who think it is overrated?

Let me know in the comments below!

If you want to read a review about a recent movie, I saw The Martian last night and you can read my more in depth review here!

-JLA

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  1. I don’t think I watched this until I was in my 30s and have watched it probably a half a dozen times since. If it comes on the television on a slow night at home, I’m sure to watch it. Each time, I catch some little nuance I missed. One of the highlights of a tour I took at the museum at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank several years ago is that they had Sam’s piano. So cool. Cheers!

    1. That is SUPER neat! It seems like it definitely is a good movie for a slow night cozy at home- it sounds good for even right now actually. Thank you so much for commenting! It’s really nice to hear from you. 🙂

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