Question by M0RTiCiA: What do you think about Casablanca (1942) ?
I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I will in the next days.
I like Humphrey Bogart, he is a great actor, so this movie can’t be bad, but anyway, tell me what you think about this movie.
Answer by MystMoonstruck
“Casablanca” is a little movie that had everything going against it. Actors had turned down roles, the screenplay was being written as they filmed it, and it was about an area of the world people were unfamiliar with. They rescued a little-performed song from a stage show that had not done well. All through the movie, Ingrid Bergman never knew which man she would end up with, so she had to act out that uncertainty~Bogie vs. Paul Henreid.
Then, they announced that world leaders would meet. The Casablanca Conference was held in January 1943 at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco, suddenly making that region the focus of international attention.
Everything was against “Casablanca” succeeding, but it did rather well at the box office. Then, as films did back then, it pretty much disappeared because there were always new films coming along. Then, in the late Sixties to early Seventies, the Baby Boomers “discovered” the film and Bogart, and it developed a cult following. It’s never gone away again. The power of this film continues to show. Warner Bros. uses a snippet of “As Time Goes By” in their studio logo!
Then, there are the Oscars…
Best Director ~ Michael Curtiz
Best Writing, Screenplay ~ Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein & Howard Koch
Best Actor in a Leading Role ~ Humphrey Bogart
Best Actor in a Supporting Role ~ Claude Rains
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White ~ Arthur Edeson
Best Film Editing ~ Owen Marks
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture ~ Max Steiner
Since seeing this film when it began airing on TV in the late Sixties, when I was in my teens, I fell in love with it and have watched it so many times that I’ve lost count, well past the “century mark” (100+ times). It remains one of my all-time favorite movies. It has one of the most-quotable screenplays ever written, with many quotes among top favorites listed by American Film Institute and others. Added after the film wrapped, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” is one of those honored quotations.
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