Casablanca [videorecording]

casablanca   Lisa  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Casablanca [videorecording]

Starring:  Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Monte Blue

Collection:  Movies

Entering Casablanca is easy, getting out is much harder, especially if your name is on the Nazis’ most-wanted list. At the top of the list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo, whose only hope is Rick Blaine, a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one – especially Victor’s wife Ilsa, the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo’s safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what’s more important.

Released in 1942, Casablanca is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time both by critics and movie fans alike. Up until checking this out at the library, I had never seen the film.  I was aware of its reputation and had seen clips and segments of the film at awards shows and documentaries, including the famous scene at the airport and, of course, As Time Goes By at the piano.

After watching it, I am so impressed with how well the film stands the test of time.  The film has style, the dialogue is witty and beautiful, the acting superb, the story and pacing well done.  If you have never seen the film before, like me, or even if it has been awhile, stop by the library to check out Casablanca for a treat.

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