Saturday, May 30, 2009


Casablanca is a 1942 Michael Curtiz film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Conrad Veidt and Norma Varden. Max Steiner did the music. We've seen this movie many times but watched it again in memory of Claude Rains on this anniversary of his death. Our DVD has a short documentary narrated by Lauren Bacall as one of its few special features. We watched and enjoyed that after the film ended.


Variety calls it "an A-1 entry at the b.o." It's on Roger Ebert's list of great movies. Senses of Cinema explores context. Bright Lights Film Journal deals with the film as propaganda. has an article. The New York Times ends its review by saying,
In short, we will say that "Casablanca" is one of the year's most exciting and trenchant films. It certainly won't make Vichy happy—but that's just another point for it.

11/28/2009: Out of the Past has a round-up of favorite bloggers' posts on the film.

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