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  • by David C. Terr

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    casablanca movie posterTitle: Casablanca

    Director: Michael Curtiz

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Heinreid, Claude Raines, Peter Lorre

    Release Date: Nov. 26, 1942

    Running Time: 102 min

    Genres: Drama, Romance


    Casablanca is a wartime romance with superb acting and a very strong message. Humphrey Bogart is superb in his role as Rick Blaine, owner of Rick's, a bar in Casablanca, Morocco. Ingrid Bergman is equally magnificent as Ilsa Lund, his old-time lover.

    Besides the incredible romance, which culminates with the farewell scene at the end of the movie, Casablanca is a complicated tale of multiple character development culminating in personal sacrifice to do the right thing.

    It has been rumored that the actors themselves did not know how the film would end until the last day of filming.

    Plot Summary
    Most of Casablanca takes place at Rick's, an upscale bar in Casablanca, Morocco, during World War II. Casablanca is lined with hundreds of refugees longing to flee to America, but in order to do so, they require letters of transit. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) manages to obtain a couple of these letters. His old flame Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) arrives with her husband Victor Lazslo (Paul Heinreid). The two badly need these letters so that Victor can continue his fight against the Nazis. Can he count on Rick to turn over the letters, in spite of his jealousy?

    Casablanca is the most romantic movie I've seen. The scene in the airport in the fog is one of the most famous scenes in the history of cinema, and for good reason. During this very heartfelt scene, Rick makes his feelings for Ilsa very clear, but he puts aside these feelings in order to do the right thing. (I won't give away any details!)

    Movie Clips

    Here's the original trailer.


    Here's the scene in which Ilsa requests Sam to play "As Time Goes By".


    Here's the scene with Rick drinking at the bar after encontering Ilsa.


    Here's the scene in which Victor tells the band to play La Marseillaise (the French national anthem), to drown out the Nazis singing of the German national anthem.


    Here's the famous departing scene near the end of the film.


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