Maybe not as great as Citizen Kane, but it is still nearly perfect. It is one of the greatest love stories. Its story grabs me tightly and maintains my interest. But seriously, what can we say about great films like this that has not already been said?
El clásico de los clásicos, por fin pude verlo en pantalla grande, y así se contempla por fin la grandeza del propio film. Hollywood en su edad de oro; la incertidumbre total, tanto en la realidad del mundo como en el set de rodaje. Personajes afilados, cínicos, apasionados, entre el compromiso y el escurridizo amor; y sobre todo, un ritmo fenomenal. Hay que verla más veces.
I love this movie, but it's odd to see in on a site called The Auteurs. We need a site for films that fall in the Casablanca category--great films that were not produced by auteurs, but rather were the collaborations of a lot of talented individuals (and productions of studio cinema) that gelled into something wonderful.
id probably think this is a great movie... if i watched it back in the 60s, but unfortunately i was not born then. Iconic characters, great lines, and classy story, but just wayyyy too dated, which isn't its fault, it just has yesterdays gendered values being watched in todays world, pure and simple, and it just does not sit well. If you can get past that and maybe it just does not bother you at all, then its great
It's all too easy living here in America to turn our heads and ignore the world's misery. But was it possible during WWII? Bogey tried, and might have succeeded had the tragically beautiful Ingrid Bergman not stepped in. We all know that war brings out the worst in humanity; Casablanca reminds us that in some cases, it also brings out the best in us.
I have heard all of the praise that was bestowed upon this movie over the years. Finally seeing the movie, I didn't get what the fuss was all about. The love story between Rick and Ilsa was not explored enough to get into it. That was my biggest problem with the movie. Ingrid Bergman was lit so beautifully. The stillness of the camera was very effective, but I expected a little depth.
Still the first movie that comes to mind when I think of classic Hollywood. Watching this movie is pure cinematic bliss and I could watch it over and over again. Everyone involved is at the top of their game - Bogart, Rains, Lorre, Henreid, Bergman, Greenstreet. It's lofty reputation might be hard to live up to, but Casablanca does so. This movie never fails to bring a smile to my face.
A film like this isn't about whether it's "great" or not, so much as it is a true classic, a movie people can watch for generations and appreciate, historically and aesthetically. "Casablanca" is one of the few benchmarks of American culture, since we have so few things to identify with as Americans en masse, I'm glad that this film is one of them.