Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Original Play: Everybody comes to Rick's
Written by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison
Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
A powerful love story sparked and overwrought with the political dangers of the second world war. Set in the a north African City Casablanca gives a stunning portrait of life in the 1930’s as political refugees escape from the Nazi insurgence by fleeing to America. In the first act Humphrey Bogart is shown as a powerful and difficult bar owner who stumbles upon a pair of blank visas for the passage to America. Through out the story his long lost lover, Ingrid Bergman, and her husband are in search for those very visas that Bogart bargains with to reconnect with his old flame.
The story has a stunning ending and is one of the most famous films of all time because of the catch phrase and infamous toast “here’s looking at you, kid!”
All in all, this film gets a top 5 rating because of its cultural acclaim far and wide. When released, this film was just another movie but has grown to become a phenomenon in the romantic world of cinema. The story is solid and the classic feel to the black and white frames make this movie a must see. This film is essential for any study of classic movie making.
This Film is one of my favorites!