– Why on
earth would you do a review about Casablanca? you might say,
the truth is, I saw it for the first time yesterday. I would answer.
It’s not very serious for a cinema disciple who, on top of it, has
lived in Casablanca.
– I know,
I just had no opportunity to see it before but, believe me, I wasn’t
– What do
you mean « why? ». Nobody can seriously boycott
And that’s precisely what I mean. Why nobody can boycott this movie? Why is it a classic? What made it such a famous film. Is it only the casting? Of course, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are really good there, but are they better than in other movies? Is it because of the great “He’s looking at you, Kid”? Well, I confess I though it was only meaningful because of Bogart’s way to say it but really, what does it mean?
Of course, at the time it was released, it was a huge phenomenon since it deals with a World War two situation and was first released at the end of 1942 to coincide with the Allied capture of Casablanca as they invaded North Africa. Bur today, beside its historical impact, what is to review?
Casablanca finds its strength in the setting of the story and, actually, it’s what the movie is about almost all along. The way every personality has an importance from the french head of Police to the little crook, from Sacha the waiter to Sam the black musician. The way each place gives a mood, from the streets of the city to the now legendary Rick’s café Americain, from “La belle Aurore” in Paris to the little airport of Casablanca. The way the French Hymn, La Marseillaise, wins over a Nazi song and makes watchers chill. If you think about it, there is nothing happening regarding the principals characters before the last five minutes.
Being able to do a movie that marked generations because of a mood is real talent. Add to it good playing, really nice photography, historical meaning and an impossible love and you’ve got yourself a classic.