Casablanca C/D

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I think it's wonderful. It seems to embody all those cliches and romantic lies in some dazzlingly charismatic and charming a way, so that it seems almost beyond criticism. I always enjoy it.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 3 May 2003 19:12 (nineteen years ago) link

Just briefly - classic, and one of my ten fave films of all time. The best black and white movie ever IMO, and the second best film of its decade (Song of the South is my fave movie from the 1940s).

Calum, Sunday, 4 May 2003 02:36 (nineteen years ago) link

Considering that the vast majority of films to the mid-'50s were B&W, that's saying a mouthful!

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 4 May 2003 02:43 (nineteen years ago) link

I remember a critic once saying something to the affect of "It's amazing how good a bad movie can be" about this film, and I agree. So classic.

nickn (nickn), Sunday, 4 May 2003 05:07 (nineteen years ago) link

Yup, well aware of it. And many great films from the 30s and 60s are black and white too. Casablanca is my fave black and white film.

Calum, Sunday, 4 May 2003 12:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm sure Calum is very far from alone in that view - there aren't so many B&W films that I love more, though there are some. I have a feeling that across various countries, a high proportion of my favourites would be B&W. Old Hawks/Wilder/Ford etc., Renoir, '50s Kurosawa, mid-period Hitch, Preston Sturges, early Godard. I would guess that cinema history, maybe excluding India of which I know almost nothing cinematically, still has more B&W films in it that colour, so it shouldn't be surprising. And some made B&W willfully later - I love The Last Picture Show and Manhattan, for instance.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 4 May 2003 12:42 (nineteen years ago) link

nineteen years pass...

I love this movie so much, but it just occurred to me that it's kind of a dick move on Rick's part to leave Sam with Ferrari and go off to be best bros with Claude Rains without so much as a goodbye.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 20 July 2022 00:17 (four months ago) link


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