Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…
What a film!
Casablanca is, without a doubt one of the classics. Set during World War 2 and released during that time too, a story of hope and love and conflict.
Hearing so many of the quotes I have heard over the years in the actual context of the film finally brought them all to life brilliantly. Humphrey Bogart is in fine form as Rick Blaine, the owner of a bar frequented by the good, the bad and the ugly during war time. From refugees to Nazi troops, he has them all, but when he gets hold of some freedom papers that will let two people out of the country, and ex flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) turns up with Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), his feelings for her come flooding back as he reminisces of the time they spent together in Paris (“We’ll always have Paris!”) and how she left him unexpectedly.
Just a brilliant piece of cinema, even a closeup of a piece of paper getting wet is emotionally heart breaking, and the ending is just absolutely perfect.
How I have got to the age of 39 without seeing this masterpiece is beyond me…this will not be the last time I watch this film in my life!