Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca (1942)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid


In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan…

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  • Shocking but true, until now I have never seen this classic, it’s a film full of iconic lines and a memorable ending. Most people will probably be able to quote from this film as I was able to before even viewing it, it’s just one of those films. Casablanca (for those who don’t know) is a love story set in unoccupied Africa (Morocco to be precise), set in Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart) cafe, a place claimed to remain neutral on the war. When a ex love and her husband turn up looking for refuge, Rick’s world is turned upside down and left with the toughest choice he’s ever had.

    It’s quite a simple story, if you strip back all the parts about the war, the only real important part this the story of Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). It’s a story of love and loss, Rick has never forgotten Ilsa and how she deserted him, so much so just hearing ‘their song’ is too much to bear. When Ilsa turns up, Rick is torn between hatred and love, he wants to…
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