Movie Review – ‘Casablanca’

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Hello everyone! 🙂

“Here’s looking at you, kid!”

Last Tuesday on St. Valentine’s Day, my parents and I went to see a re-release of the 1942 film ‘Casablanca’, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman. This was at the Showcase Cinemas in Nantgarw and we had a great night-out, enjoying this classic black-and-white film on the big screen!

I’ve seen ‘Casablanca’ before, but it was a long time ago and I have vague recollections of it. It was nice to see it again on the big screen as ‘Casablanca’ is one of the most successful films from the 1940s. It was re-released with the 50th anniversary print from 1992 in black-and-white which is amazing!

‘Casablanca’ is a film set during World War II and takes place at a café in Casablanca, Morocco in North Africa. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick, the owner of the café, who tries to avoid getting involved with the politicking matters of the Nazis. I must admit the film was slow in setting things up.

It got a lot interesting when Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa walked in. Ilsa is a long-lost love of Rick’s who comes back into his life when she arrives with her husband Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo. Ilsa needs Rick’s help as Laszlo is a Czech who’s fighting the cause against the Nazis. Will Rick help his ex-flame?

I’ve seen Humphrey Bogart before in a number of tough guy roles with James Cagney, particularly ‘The Roaring Twenties’ in 1939. This was his first romantic lead role with Ingrid Bergman. I’ve also seen Ingrid before in the 1944 film ‘Gaslight’ and she was so lovely to see in this classic movie.

‘Casablanca’ is one of the most popular films ever made in film history. It was great to see it again recently on the big screen. My Dad certainly enjoyed watching it as it’s a film of his liking. And the film is renowned for the song ‘As Time Goes By’ by Herman Hupfeld, sung by Dooley Wilson as Sam.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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