For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Black & White Movies, here’s a review of Casablanca (1942) by Tim of FilmFunkel
Thanks again to Steven of Past Present Future TV and Film. for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sherise of The Girl That Loved to Review. We will be reviewing our favorite movies from the 1970’s. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sherise!
Let’s see what Tim thought of this movie:
So, I avoided Casablanca every chance I could. How could any movie ever live up to the ridiculous hype that’s followed it about for decades – topping list after list?
But then one day I just watched it.
World War II. Humphrey Bogart, nightclub owner exiled in Morocco, in Casablanca. A man with a sordid past, forbidden from returning to America; a man man with a broken heart.
In walks Ingrid Bergman – the beauty who broke Bogie’s heart – with her husband!, leader of the French resistance against the Nazis.
In walks Conrad Veidt, Nazi Major tasked with stopping Bergman’s husband. Bogie can help Bergman, he has no great love for the Nazis… but he has great love for Bergman.
It’d be easy to help the Nazis make her husband disappear; and with him out of the way he could – wait a second! Why did she leave him? Should she not have told him she was married when they were in love?!?…
What to do? What to do?
It’s just a really great film. One that’s more than the sum of its parts: cast, script, acting, directing, all that. Casablanca embodies ‘movie magic’ for me and ‘magic’ is about as good an explanation as to why it’s such a personal favorite.
There’s a meaningless laundry list of great components not worth citing. So many other films had these great things as well, but never achieved the enduring status of Casablanca.
Sorry, one exception to that list – for fans of the silent cinema – is the towering Conrad Veidt as the evil Nazi Major.
Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, just sit down and watch it. Casablanca can speak for itself just fine.