Thursday, July 15, 2010

21. Casablanca (1942)


-I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I like to think you killed a man. It's the Romantic in me.
-It was a combination of all three.

Here we have one of my all time favorites. This is one of those special movies that has invaded the public consciousness so much that watching it feels like visiting an old friend even if it is the first time you've seen it. At its core Casablanca is a simple story of boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, but it also includes elements of war, religion, charity, politics, gambling, crime, espionage, and patriotism.
If you haven't seen this movie you should immediately. Still, like I said above, you kinda already have seen this movie...
Contributions of Casablanca:
-"Round up the usual suspects"
-"Here's looking at you, kid"
-"Play it again, Sam" (note: not actually spoken in the movie... just goes to show...)
-"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks in to mine."
-"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
-" doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. "
-I'm pretty sure that this was the first movie to use the "line connecting places on a map" method of summarizing long journeys a la Indiana Jones and many others

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