What do you think about Casablanca (1942) ?

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.

Best answer:

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 Picture
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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One comment to What do you think about Casablanca (1942) ?

  • Trevor Trillion seeks intellect.  says:

    It is also one of my favorite films…. and one of my favorite Bogart films.
    What do I think about it? was your question… It reminds me that no matter how much you love a woman, it is always the woman who decides what will happen next. Your idea of the future comes second.
    Casablanca , coming to Casablanca was the hope of many people to change their lives, but really, your life will not be changed by a location in a city. Only YOU can change your life and make a difference. ILSA wanted to be with VICTOR . VICTOR wanted to change the world with his ideas against Nazi Germany. He travelled throughout europe to publish his ideas. Poland or Casablanca, it didn’t matter.
    I collect Bogart films. and books.
    You must also see the other notable Bogart films:
    2. Treasure of the Sierra Madre ( greed can affect the best of friends)
    3. Key Largo ( you cannot escape fighting for what you really believe in)
    4. In A Lonely Place ( Love comes and goes when you least expect it)

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