I find the "Shocked, Shocked..." line so apropos to today's
political scene.I recall reading somewhere that Ronald Reagan and
Ann Sheridan were initially considered for leads. Wouldn't have been the
same.Is Dr. Strangelove on the list? I get a kick out of that
Beautiful movie that stands the test of time. I miss simpler times and this
always takes me back.
A great movie about some incredibly important themes but presented in such an
unpretentiously entertaining way, one hardly notices the emotional attachments
the movie produces.I was about 7-8 the first time I saw Casablanca
and therefore didn't really understand a lot of the intrigue that simmers
throughout the movie. The thing that stuck with me from that first viewing and
hits me every time since is the amazingly stirring rendition of "La
Marseillaise" that rose from the Nazis singing "Die Wacht Am Rhein".
I just **loved** it!! Initially, I was mostly amazed by the composer's
ability to transition from the one to the other with the same beat and chords.
It wasn't until subsequent viewings much later that I understood the
wartime political relationship between the parties singing the contrasting songs
and their implications that provoked obvious emotional responses. It's one
of the most memorable and pivotal moments of the movie and certainly stands the
test of time.
Best film of all time. Indeed, I'm afraid Major Stroessner would insist.
The movie made "As Time Goes By" a very popular song in late 1942, the
problem was, the musicians union had struck the recording companies, so one of
the record companies reissued an early 1930s recording of the song by Rudee
Maybe it doesn't matter for a film that's 75 years old, but the exact
nature of Ilsa and Victor Lazlo's relationship is a minor spoiler (at least
it's played that way in the film).Casablanca is number one on
my list and likely always will be.For anyone who's ever had
their heart broken: "Mostly I remember the last one. The wow finish. A guy
standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face
because his insides have been kicked out." That scene always gets me.Also, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on
One of my favorites. Always brings a smile and a tear.
48 years ago, my girlfriend was thinking about breaking up with me. One
afternoon, she came to my apartment while I was watching Casablanca. We watched
the movie together. At the end of it, she told me she was staying with me. She
looks a bit like Ingrid Bergman. I’m no Bogart, Now, after all these years
together, three children, eight grandchildren, we still watch Casablanca
together as time goes by.