On Monday November 26th, Casablanca will celebrate its 70th anniversary - wowee! Has it actually been that long?! I only ask because every time I watch this movie, it seems so modern and ... MODERN!
I'll be the first to admit that it took me an awfully long time to fall in love with this film. Hang on, before you stone me to death, let me explain! Casablanca is not exactly kid-friendly. Yes, I had heard of this movie when I was very young, but it took me quite a few years to actually understand and appreciate it.
No one involved in the making of this film knew what a goldmine it'd turn out to be. Everyone thought it was just another dark Hollywood B-movie. How wrong they were! Casablanca turned into one of the year's biggest blockbusters and is still widely respected today as one of Hollywood's greatest films ever made (gosh, I've been saying that a lot lately).
An enduring classic that will, no doubt, live on for many more years to come. It's dark yes, but also very comical at times. It was blessed with a superb cast and production crew - not to mention the film's uber-talented director, Michael Curtiz. It tells a tale of war and of love - subjects that the public will never grow tired of, it seems. The thing is, we all relate to war and love in our own little way. We all feel the pain in this film and we all crack a smile when things turn out right in the end.
I leave you with my favourite scene starring none other than Humphrey Bogart (Bogie!!) and Claude Rains (you masterful man you!):
And am I alone in thinking how sexy Conrad Veidt looked in this picture? C'mon! You know he was a handsome mofo ;)