Title of Film: Casablanca
Date of Release: November 26, 1942
Director: Michael Curtiz
Humphrey Bogart AS Rick
Ingrid Bergman AS Ilsa Lund
Paul Henreid AS Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains AS Capt. Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt AS Major Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet AS Signor Ferrari
Dooley Wilson AS Sam
The movie was released on November 26, 1942 and is stated one of the best classic film in Hollywood. The Warner Brothers are telling a mix of drama, romance and also a bit of crime between two people and trying to flee the country. The main point is not on the couple but on trying the leave the country without the Germans not knowing. The crowdedness of a nightclub cafe, located in Casablanca, setted the atmosphere for the whole movie. With Michael Curtiz being the director of the movie we know it’s going to be good although confusing at the same time. To make it more eye catching to watch Humphrey Bogart (Rick), Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa Lund), Paul Henreid (Victor Laszlo), Sydney Greenstreet (Signor Ferrari), Claude Rains (Capt. Louis Renault), and a Negro Dooley Wilson (Sam) are part of the classic romantic film.
At this time people were trying to escape Casablanca to go to the US. Some went to Casablanca to get an exit visa. During this time period of World War II having letters of transit, letting you to go anywhere, is the best thing to have. There were two German officers that were killed and everyone is now blaming Rick for having the letters of transit. The main character is a tough, cold looking but warm fellow named, Rick as played by Humphrey Bogart, but is a sensitive man on the inside. He used to love a sweet, kind hearted girl, played by Ingrid Bergman, in Paris but was she left him with a note. The irony is that she walked in Rick’s night cafe with her husband, Victor Lazlo, played by Paul Henreid. Throughout the movie, it is seen that both her and Rick love each other despite her relationship between the men. She sees her past lover and shows sadness through a song that a Negro pianist, Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, played, “As Time Goes By” for her and for Rick in a dark corner with Rick drinking from his pain and love for Ilsa Lund.
I personally would not recommend this classic from to teenagers or younger people to watch Casablanca. The plot of the movie is great but will be confusing if not paying attention to the classic movie. The movie more directed towards young adults, who like old classic films, and older generation because of the confusingness of the film. Although an amazing director directed the whole movie some of the transitions were choppy. The whole “look” of the movie was filmed in black and white setting in the 1940’s during the World War II.
Personally one of my favorite part was the irony of Rick’s past lover walking into Rick’s cafe with him saying the line, “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, she walks into mine.” In the end, I still think they both still love each other despite all of what happened in 10 years, except the part of Rick treating her like trash and worthless. To be able to understand the movie completely you might have to watch it couple of times. But yet again it did win a Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director and Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. If other people like it you don’t also have to like it as well. If your interested in the movie, the movie will be available for you on Putlockers, download it or even on YouTube. I still find it hard to understand the weird, interesting relationship but I have yet to watch it and still enjoyed it.