As you know, we love old movies. And of these, our most favorite must be Casablanca.
Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman, this film is so beautifully done we could just watch it again and again!
It was filmed during the middle of WWII, and ironically, no one expected it to be a hit—let alone one of the greatest movies ever made! It was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing for a Screenplay.
We found a 1942 review by Variety, which states:
[The] Film is splendid anti-Axis propaganda, particularly inasmuch as the propaganda is strictly a by-product of the principal action and contributes to it instead of getting in the way. There will be few more touching scenes to be found than when a group of German officers in Rick’s [Café] begins to sing Nazi tunes and [Bergman’s onscreen husband] Henreid instructs the orchestra to go into “La Marseillaise.” A bit frightenedly at first, but then with a might that completely drowns out the Germans, the [nightclub] patrons and [servers] in Rick’s give voice to the anthem of France of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” It is just another facet of the variety of moods, action, suspense, comedy and drama that makes “Casablanca” an A-1 entry at the b.o.
To our mind, the greatest picture we have ever seen!
To read the full review, click here.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen this classic, we urge you to watch it immediately—a glorious evening!
Philip & Marilyn Langner