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Classics on the big screen! Casablanca!

By gerstmom
Written January 31, 2015
Thank you TCM! What a wonderful experience to see one of my favorite films like it was presented when originally released...in a movie theater!! I've seen this movie many many times, but appreciated the cinematography even more. And I noticed things I've never seen before. I hope TCM and Fathom Events have many more of these events. It's a great opportunity to introduce younger generations to these classic, fabulous films!
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Casablanca

By 1o2412.7o7
Written March 22, 2012
Saw it at AMC in Woodland HIlls CA. 7PM March 21, 2012 Bad side: Lip sync way off for introduction and a little off for movie. "Documentary" at the beginning showed most of the great scenes in the movie. Totally unnecessary. Loud soundtrack of explosions from adjacent theater made it hard to hear dialogue at times. Really annoying. Even rattled lights on the wall. At the end of film, lights did not come up until audience was almost gone. Somebody forgot about us. Good side: Excellent "print". Low noise track. Really nice. No weave or jumps. Probably better than it was 70 years ago! Audience was almost reverent. Not a sound after film started. ( Except from action film next door.) What can I say about a classic? It still stands up. Way up. On the whole. Show the movie and skip the intro (except for Mr. Osborne, he's always good.) Have the venue a little better organized.
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Great experience for fans and first timers alike

By rchopra
Written March 22, 2012
I hope these kind of things start happening more often. A classic movie released into theaters again makes for a wonderful evening. The intro providing some history about the film dragged on a bit long, but the movie itself did not disappoint. Brought along about a half dozen people who'd never seen it, and they had a great time. If you get another chance at this, take it.
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Casablanca

By lpc1976
Written March 22, 2012
Casablanca is my husband's and my all time favorite movie! We must have seen it at least 100 times, We saw it on the big screen for the 50th anniversary and couldn't miss seeing it for the 70th!! "As Time Goes By" was our Wedding song.
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Skip the Robert Osborne Opener

By ccradio
Written April 23, 2012
Wow--this film looks amazing on the big screen. They used a beautiful print for this presentation. My only complaint would be the opening sequence that TCM produced, which uses a huge number of clips that actually give away major plot points. I brought my 12 year old daughter, who had never seen the film in its entirety (she'd caught bits of it here and there), to see it, and at about the halfway point in the opener, she asked me, "Are they going to show us the WHOLE movie?" So if you're lucky enough to see it for the first time, take my advice and bring a friend who's seen it before. Let them go in ahead of you to secure good seats (it'll be crowded--this show often sells out entirely), and then text you when it's over so you can enjoy the movie itself without spoilers.
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