Watched the Classic Film "Casablanca"

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Continuing my series on the AFI 100, I watched the 1943 classic Casablanca.  Unlike my post about Gone With The Wind, I am happy to report that this will not be a post in which I’ll be criticizing a well-loved piece of American cinema.  This is a special film, and the Blu-ray transfer did not disappoint.

Taking place during
World War II, the film tells the story of Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart), the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco.  One night, a woman he once loved named Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman) comes to his club with her resistance leader husband.   Even though this is part of non-occupied France, the Nazis are following very closely. 

The performances are fantastic, and while the story is a simple one, it works.  I really appreciate this film not only for what it was at the time but also for what it means to people now.  It’s a 67 year old film, but it holds up remarkably well.

It has a little bit of everything: action, war, drama, romance, comedy, music, and of course, the lines and the soundtrack in the film are very iconic.  I would easily recommend this one, and I think it rightfully earns its place near the top of the movie lists.

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