For some it is considered one of the best film ever made… or at least could be included in the top ten of cinema masterpieces and one of the great love stories in times of war.
I was almost crying of happiness when I found this antique publicity card from the premier of the film in Barcelona, in the 40s.
Have you seen it? Some of the best dialogues in cinema were created for this film:
-Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
-Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
-We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have it before…we’d…we’d lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
-Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.
…and many, many others… but, what makes Casablanca so great? I would say, the combination of many factors:Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman at their best, as the most romantic but sacrificed lovers, the clever contribution of Claude Rains, incarnation of French character and Paul Henreid as the idealist who, at the end, wins the battle and the girl… the fact that Michael Curtiz was an extraordinary director and that the writers were in a state of glory and obviously, the music: As Time Goes By…and many, many other reasons (if you like vintage fashion, please take some time to study Ingrid Bergman dresses!!!).
What else to say about Casablanca? only one more thing: Play it again, Sam!