“Casablanca” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

9 December, 2016

Year of Release: 1942
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenwriters: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Director of Photography: Arthur Edeson
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Synopsis: Set in the multicultural hubbub of 1940s Morocco, Casablanca is a classic wartime drama about a night club owner who crosses paths with the woman he once loved while she is trying to obtain an exit visa for her new husband.

Casablanca Review:

“Casablanca” is a timeless flash in Hollywood history and undoubtedly a career-defining moment for the aloof yet legendary performer Humphrey Bogart, who whistles his way through a perfect script while real-time political turmoil undercuts the fleeting pleasures of drinking, smoking, and gambling. The film reveals a place where people from around the world unwittingly become symbols of entire nations as they flee the horrors of war only to run into new forms of conflict while passing through social limbo.

“Casablanca” sees Michael Curtiz compose of film of great sophistication despite the restrictions of a rather hectic backlot shooting schedule and, while Bogart plays the standard suit-and-tie man behind his never-ending haze of smoke, Bergman stars as the European beauty who broke a man’s heart only to return to him with a plea for help.

Arguably Hollywood’s most sophisticated and undetectable propaganda piece, the film camouflages the wartime push for rebellion and resistance behind the nuzzle of Bergman and Bogart’s cheeks as a true romance unfolds despite the couple’s years of separation. The War informs the narrative as much as it funds it and yet the swell of Max Steiner’s score delivers a classic love story that’s pained by farewells.

Remembered for its everlasting romance, “Casablanca” is a film about fleeting friendships and the desire for a normal life during times of chaos and uncertainty. Although it has its limitations as a stripped-back piece of cinema, the movie is still a flawless snapshot of social unease and apprehension during times of conflict.


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