Casablanca (1942)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance, War


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A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

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  • "Casablanca" set Interior of Rick's Cafe, Humphrey Bogart in background 1942 Warner Bros.
  • Humphrey Bogart and Melie Chang in Casablanca (1942)
  • Claude Rains in Casablanca (1942)
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6 December 2001 | Snow Leopard
A Classic Worth Remembering
While there's not anything new to be said about "Casablanca", it's good to see one of the classics still getting some attention. By most standards it is at least very good, and there are good reasons why so many still remember it so fondly. Not everyone who watches it today shares the opinion that it is a classic, but it's still good to see fans of modern movies giving it a try for themselves.

The cast is one of its main strengths, not just Bogart and Bergman but also the fine supporting cast. Rains, Greenstreet, Lorre, and the others are indispensable to the atmosphere and the story, and each has some very good moments. It does have its imperfections, but it was not expected to be a classic or blockbuster - everything you read about the production suggests that it was made in a rather slap-dash fashion, under constraints that would have wrecked most other films. It's not hard to see the little ways that this affected the finished product, such as the times when the plot strains credibility a bit, or the characters seem to behave somewhat oddly. (In particular, it might have been even more satisfying if Bergman's character had been a little stronger - Ilsa is charming, but that's entirely thanks to what Bergman does with her; the character herself as written seems somewhat shallow.)

But it turned out anyway to be an excellent combination of actors, characters, and story, a combination that more than makes up for everything else. Different viewers probably remember and enjoy "Casablanca" for different reasons, because it seemingly has a little of everything. While perhaps not perfect, it is well worth remembering and watching.

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Trivia

Madeleine Lebeau, who plays Yvonne, and Marcel Dalio, who plays croupier Emil, were husband and wife at the time of filming. They had not long before escaped the Nazis by fleeing their native France.


Quotes

Narrator: With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a ...
French officer: To ...


Goofs

When discussing with Renault outside the café, as Rick sits down there is a piece of paper on the table along with a white, square dish, and an ashtray. A little later, the paper and the white dish have disappeared. Instead, a bottle has appeared and the ashtray has shifted position. Moments later, the dish and the paper reappear only to disappear again.


Alternate Versions

At the time of release, the film was banned in Germany because the story was considered to be anti-Nazi propaganda by the wartime censors. After the end of World War II, the picture was finally released in Germany but with around 20 minutes of footage cut (all scenes with Major Strasser and all references to Nazism). Other scenes were dubbed so that they had a totally different meaning (Victor Laszlo became Victor Larsen, an atomic physicist). In the 70s the film was redubbed by the ZDF, this time in its uncut form.


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Avalon
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by
Vincent Rose
Performed by Dooley Wilson while talking to Ilsa (piano dubbed by Jean Vincent Plummer)

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Drama | Romance | War

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