Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Casablanca, 1943

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

As if you needed any encouragement to see this, perhaps the best Hollywood movie ever...

Bogart is in peak form. Ingrid Bergman is wonderful. Claude Rains hits all the right notes. Paul Henreid does understated but excellent work. And Conrad Veidt is the perfect bad guy. (And, of course, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are awesome, but that's like praising Curt Schilling's pitching.)

It looks great. Dooley Wilson's music sounds great. The story is compelling.

If you haven't seen it in a while, it's just as good as in your memory -- if not better. (Extra fun fact: Bergman and Bogart are people numbers 6 and 7 at IMDB, so somebody else obviously likes this movie.)

One of the few non-comedy members of the pantheon.

Casablanca at IMDB.


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