Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude
time: 102 mins
Brilliant (see rating system)
looking at you, kid...
than 60 years after Humphrey Bogart spoke those memorable
lines to Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca looks astonishingly well
thanks to a gorgeous new digital transfer that has restored
picture and sound to pristine condition.
of three Oscars, including "Best Picture", Casablanca
is the ultimate romantic movie, set against the backdrop of
the Second World War, and boasting a cracking script, lots
of action and fine performances.
(Bogart) operates the famed Rick's nightclub in Casablanca,
a Moroccan city crowded with Europeans fleeing the advancing
Nazi hordes and hoping for eventual escape to America. It's
a place of intrigue as big money exchanges hands for the precious
papers that will allow refugees to depart for freedom
this exotic world one night comes Ilsa (Bergman) - the woman
who broke Rick's heart in Paris the day the Nazis marched
in two years before. As Rick's pianist Sam (Dooley Wilson)
sings As Time Goes By, Rick and Ilsa see each other for the
first time in years - and the moment is one of the most spine
tingling in movie history.
Ilsa isn't alone - she is travelling with her husband, freedom
fighter Victor Laslo (Henreid), a man determined to keep fighting
the Nazis. In turn, they are just as determined to ensure
Casablanca is his last port of call.
the movie follows Laslo's bid to stay one step ahead of Major
Strasser (Conrad Veidt), the vicious Nazi officer pursuing
him, the movie's heart is really the love between Rick and
Ilsa - and about doing the right thing when the going gets
brilliant ensemble cast brings the film to life, none more
so than Claude Rains as the amusing, but shrewd Captain Renaud,
the Vichy police chief who must answer to the Nazis, even
though he secretly despises them.
fine two-disc edition issued by Warners in 2003 is loaded
with extras, including a fascinating documentary on the chaotic
circumstances during production when the scriptwriters didn't
know how it was going to end. They even gave Rick the playful
line "It's still a story without an ending."
the end, everything came together perfectly and with a fine
musical score from Max Steiner (Gone With The Wind), enhancing
every scene, the movie continues to enthral even after repeated