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Casablanca (1942) – Movie Review

Winner of the Academy Awards Best Picture and generally considered to be one of the most influencial movies ever made, Casablanca is one of these movies that still stand the test of time, featuring career defining performancs from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and it’s a pure magical experience no matter how many times you will see it.

Set in the titular city during World War II, Casablanca focues on Rick Blaine, a cynical American expatriate who must choose between his love for Ilsa Lund and helping her and her husband, a Czech resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Germans.

What’s impressive about the film is that it still holds up today. Michael Curtiz did a phenominal job in crafting the film and it’s filled with memorable lines and it introduces its characters perfectly. The crisp black and white cinematography is beautiful and adds a timeless sense for the story. The set design is impressive as well and accurately captures the feel the setting provides. 

The movie has a wonderful cast, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman delivering the storngest performances in the film. Both of them play their parts phenominally and share an effortless chemistry together. The theme song, “As Time Goes By”, is still catchy and a joy to listen to. On the other hand, there are some moments of melodrama and the plot can be very confusing.

On an overall scale, it’s no wonder Casablanca is considered to be one the greatest movies of all time and it continues to inspire influence other romance movies today. If you haven’t seen the film, you should definitly watch it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

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