Casablanca (1942)

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

One thing that for me it’s important to me is to see classic films. There is a lot I have not seen, and I moving my way through those highly regarded first. A few months back I saw Citizen Kane and this time I saw Casablanca. Upon seeing it I think it is one of the most quoted movies ever or I felt like I was watching the Naked Gun. The film is highly regarded and in AFI best American movies Casablanca is listed as the second-best.

Casablanca is a gambling and café place owned by Rick Blain, an American exiled in Paris. The film takes place during the Second World War. The drama of the story comes when Rick reunites with an old love as she walks into Casablanca with Victor Lazlo who is wanted by German authority because of the information he has. This film was hard for me to really find the story as it was just a place with characters coming and going, maybe I just did not get it.

The story of course is more complex than that. It is a love story between two people in complex times. I have to say, I usually like more music and films from the past, but with this film, I can’t say the same. There are a lot of better films than this one, I can’t say this is the second-best film of all time. I am not saying it was bad but I just could not get into the story or the film. Maybe at the time, it meant something different than seeing it now. It got better in the last 30 minutes of the film.

The performances are good. I guess it is the one thing the movie had for it. It is a movie any movie fan has to see because of how the film is regarded and everyone will have their own opinion of it. I expected a better movie but it was not a bad movie.

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