Sunday, 27 May 2012

Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart,Ingrid Bergman & Paul Henreid

"Here's looking at you kid..."

"As The Second World War Begins, The Nazis are on the verge of occupying the city of Casablanca In Morocco. Resident Bar Owner and American Rick Blaine (Bogart) has an unexpected encounter with a former lover  (Bergman) That leads to severe complications and in an extremely dangerous time"

There is almost nothing that can be said about Casablanca that has yet to be said. Almost any film goer or critic will say the same,Casablanca is arguably the greatest motion picture ever made. Myself, I think its probably down right offensive to call this film anything but a Masterpiece. Michael Curtiz's superbly crafted tale of War,love,Heartbreak and Selflessness is as effecting in the year 2012 as I assume it was in 1942.

In his most famous role, Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine,A lonely and bitter club owner who's happiest days are behind him, Living In Casablanca Blaine and the rest of the worlds livelihood is put at stake as World War II begins, People from all over flock from Casablanca to a safer sanctuary, Including The lost love of Blaine's life  unexpectedly enters his bar, Isla Lund (Ingred Bergman) along with her husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) This adds to the desperation of the time for Blaine as he has life altering decisions to make.

Under Curtiz's careful Direction and the depth of Julius J Epstein's Screenplay, Casablanca creates a world full of complex,troubled and brilliant characters,But what truly makes the characters so special is of course the timeless performances. There should be no doubt that Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are two of the greatest actors to ever live,Their performances here are possibly their most famous and for good reason, They are absolutely splendid with their incredibly realistic depictions and are supported by a phenomenal supporting cast including Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre.

I reiterate my point that Casablanca is indeed one of the greatest Motion Pictures of all time, It absolutely deserves its place amongst the likes of  "Citizen Kane", "Gone With The Wind" and even "The Godfather". The film has made a renowned impact on pop culture and film in general with its incredible characters, amazing quotes and unforgettable tale, Casablanca truly showcases the magic of film,In every sense of the word.