Written October 30, 2009
Epic, amazingly acted, brilliant story
Written January 26, 2015
What a perfect evening, pizza and Casablanca on the big screen.
The acting in Casablanca is very good but not The Best Ever. The dialog ranges from laugh out loud funny to patriotic and romantic, but it lack subtlety and nuance. Music is integral to the whole work but it's not a great musical. The cinematography is first rate but lacks the punch, of say, Lawrence of Arabia. The directing is mostly tight and crisp but again, heavy handed at places.
But put together Casablanca pulls excellent on all fronts to near perfect.
The new "remake" is pretty seamless. The images are just that much more clear - Ingrid Bergman's skin is luminescent - the night scenes are more crisp - and everything action is easier to see - but otherwise not a single ingredient in the marvelous recipe is changed.
Written August 04, 2015
Truely a great experience to see this on the big screen. Nastagia is one of the great effects of the human emotion and this really brought that out. It was great to see this on the big screen and if you're a fan of the classic black and whites go see this if it comes around again.
Written August 28, 2015
Truly amazing on the big screen! I've seen this movie at least a dozen times on a tv but there is so much I missed. No comparison!
Written August 07, 2014
As a prime example of supreme Hollywood movie-making at the height of the Studio System, Michael Curtiz's CASABLANCA stands high above many of its contemporaries as an unsurpassed achievement of excellence. Humphrey Bogart co-stars with the lovely Ingrid Bergman as the ill-fated couple separated in Europe during a German invasion of Paris only to cross paths years later at his nightclub establishment when she is in tow with her politically important husband who is trying to elude the Nazis. Intrigue, romance, well-tuned moments of comedy and stellar performances from all including Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and always watchable Peter Lorre! Incredibly memorable from start to finish as Curtiz keeps the plot and intertwining subplots razor sharp and the gorgeous black and white deep focus photography adds a nostalgic air of beauty and elegance to this classic to end all classics. If possible go to a screening in a revival house with other admirers and see how beloved a treasure this is!