Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Casablanca



1942 American Feature

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.K. Sakall, Madeleine LeBeau and Dooley Wilson
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch and Casey Robinson (uncredited), based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison

Synopsis:
American expatriate Rick Blaine plays host to gamblers, thieves and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub during the early days of World War II. But he never expected Ilsa Lund, the woman who broke his heart, to walk back into his life.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay; also nominated for Best Actor (Bogart), Supporting Actor (Rains), Black and White Cinematography, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Film Editing.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's was bought unproduced by Warner Brothers for a record figure of $20,000. The play was eventually produced in 1946 with little success.
  • Possible Directors: Howard Hawks and William Wyler.
  • Casting Call: Joseph Cotten, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Dean Jagger, Hedy Lamarr, Dennis Morgan, Otto Preminger, George Raft, Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan.
  • It has been noted that Claude Rains' Captain Louis Renault seems especially interested in (perhaps to the point of obsession) with Humphrey Bogart's Rick, who he calls "Ricky". At one point, Renault says about Rick, "He's the kind of man that, well, if I were a woman, and I were not around, I should be in love with Rick". Renault even confesses to Rick that Ilsa makes him "extremely jealous". And then of course there is the famous final line, when Rick says to Renault, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" as they walk off together.
  • When Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein won the Oscar for their screenplay, they became the first and, to date only, Academy Award winning twins.
  • Casablanca has been adapted as a television series twice, in 1955 and 1983 (starring David Soul as Rick, Hector Elizondo as Renault and Scatman Crothers as Sam). Both were short-lived.
  • In 1989, Casablanca was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored.
  • In 1998, Casablanca was ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2001, Casablanca was ranked #37 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2002, Casablanca was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2003, Rick Blaine was ranked the #4 hero on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2004, "As Time Goes By" was ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2005, "Here's lookin' at you, kid" was ranked #5, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" was ranked #20, "Play it, Sam... play 'As Time Goes By'" was ranked #28, "Round up the usual suspects" was ranked #32, "We'll always have Paris" was ranked #43 and "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" was ranked #67 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2006, Casablanca was ranked #32 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" list.
  • In 2006, the Writers Guild of America ranked Casablanca #1 on their list of the "101 Greatest Screenplays".
  • In 2007, Casablanca was ranked #3 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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