Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Few Words About Casablanca

Casablanca always saddens me a bit. It is ironic how despite being advertised as one of the greatest love stories of its time it’s really quite depressing. The film is really quite bleak and is all about dealing with what life throws at you. Try as I may I can’t write an adequate review of it; probably because it’s all been said before. Sure it’s not my favourite film, but I won’t deny the sheer gorgeousness of it all. The acting – is spending, and the consummate supporting actor – Claude Rainns – is good here. Of course it all comes down to Ingrid and Bogart. Ingrid Bergman remains as one of the loveliest faces to brighten the screen and she’s exceptional here, but you already know that.
Casablanca ranks with The Godfather, Citizen Kane and Schindler’s List as those films that you have to love…or else. I like two very much, respect one and the other I am not too fond of.. Casablanca I suppose is ranked just a little too low. But the thing with these massively popular films is that it’s often difficult to get that personal feeling for something that everyone is enamoured with. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mitigate the sheer brilliance of Curtiz’s film. Casablanca is good film making, and it’s a classic for a reason.

9 comments:

Nigel said...

People often draw comparison between this film and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

I haven't seen Casablanca, so I'm going to have to ask:

Is that comparison justified?

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

nigel i have NEVER heard those comparisons. i think both films are quite good, but i'm scratching my head as to similarities, i'll have to throw that out there to the readers.

Nigel said...

lol I haven't watched it either, so I don't know anything....I just heard a few people over here matching the two...Nothing from acclaimed journalists or anything just casual talk...

Walter L. Hollmann said...

I'm in love with both Casablanca and Benjamin Button, but the comparison seems odd. There's a love story and....that's it. If I am not mistaken, Claude Rains was the only actor nominated for this, and lost. A crime.

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

I remember vaguely that the discussion was about compelling love stories that go down in history as timeless classics.

Things like "Titanic" came up and so forth.....And then people started debating the merits of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."....thats when "Casablanca" came into play.

Now that I think of it, It might have been a blog-comment discussion...My memory isn't helping out...

joe burns said...

I thought this movie was good, but it's incredibly overrated in my opinion.

Caz said...

I am in the love section for Casablanca. Even though it truly is depressing as while it is always said to be a fantastic love story they are not together at the end. The airport scene at the end is so heartbreaking but knowing that he does actually love her and letting her go is best for her is lovely at the same time. So many mixed emotions and contradictions are caused by this film.

Marcy said...

I love Casablanca, The Godfaterh, and Schindler's List (hard to watch). Not so much in love with Citizen Kane, though. It's a film that is acclaimed because of its contributions towards film history. Maybe I should re-watch it?

Ingrid Bergman does possess one of the loveliest faces. And I love Humphrey Bogart here, too. I would imagine back in 1942 how surprised everyone was to realize that Bogart and Bergman would make such a fine cinematic couple! They don't look like they would make a great couple, but their romantic chemistry is wonderful.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

nigel the gravity of "casual talk" eh?

walter bogey was nominated, but bergman was nominated for whom the bell tolls which i haven't seen.

nigel m.c. okay, are you the same as the other nigel: i'm confused...

joe be careful you don't get stoned ;)

caz that airport is very emotional.

marcy bogey looks like the type who wouldn't be romantic with ANYONE and yet he's in a film and he pulls it off: he's best with baccall, bergman here and hepburn.