CASABLANCA : one of the Top Ten best movies ever
Posted on August 04, 2011 by Spanky Hizon Enriquez
The poster above,
released to promote the film during World War II in 1942,
contains the only traces of color found in all of Casablanca....
yet the movie, one year shy short of its 70th anniversary this year,
is populated by well-delineated, absolutely memorable characters who
still are considered as some of the most colorful characters ever in cinema.
The main man, literally and figuratively,
is "Rick", played by the chain-smoking, hard-drinking Humphrey Bogart;
he runs a cafe' that's actually a bar in Casablanca, a city on the verge of spinning
headlong into the war, a place where free people can still find means of escape from the Nazis.
Rick is a character that most Pinoys can identify with: he is a rogue with a golden heart,
a "fixer" with a soft spot for sweethearts with a sob story.
And then, of all the gin joints in the world,
Rick's ex-lover walks into his bar.
The "ex" is Ilsa, and she's played by Ingrid Bergman, still one of the most stunning beauties,
one of the all time greats who really made the silver screen luminescent.
She fairly glows in ever scene that she's in.
No wonder Rick's weak at the knees.
And then the Nazis come between
these star-crossed lovers. . .
Casablanca is a Love Story.
One of the greatest, most thrilling, most painful, yet most uplifting ever.
I consider it to be one of the Top 10 movies ever, and most fans and critics agree.
It's even better considering that unlike most films of its era, which move at a glacial pace,
Casablanca is as fast paced and as action-packed as any Oscar-worthy film released in 2011.
It's one essential movie that a true fan of cinema has to have in his or her collection.
Play it again, Sam!