'Casablanca' Review By Daveactor7

Its still the same old story.....a fight for love and glory...
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
One of the greatest films I have ever seen and definitely a film rich in every single aspect.

The story-Rick the owner of a nightspot in the city of Casablanca runs into his former lover Ilsa, who is secretly fleeing the Nazis with her husband Victor, who is part of a resistance. Though Ilsa is still married, she still has strong feelings for Rick and the life they had long ago. Rick feels the same as well. An envelope, containing passports, will be the key that will change their ways forever. An incredible story about the troubles of love in the midst of war. Screenwriters Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein, and Howard Koch conceived the marvelous screenplay in which tells of a seemingly forgotten past coming back to haunt two former lovers. They pull off so drama into this film that it is almost impossible to say that this would have never occurred. It is no surprise at why they won the oscar for best screenplay.

The acting-Humphrey Bogart plays Rick and he does an astounding job, giving the character a human sense about him yet acting cool and soulless at the same time, a marvelous performance. Beautiful actress Ingrid Bergman plays his former lover Ilsa and gives a performance just as worthy as Bogart's and she does so well in trying to contain her character's love for Rick inside of her and yet she has trouble in doing so. Paul Henreid plays Ilsa's husband Victor and he is a brave, cunning character that it is no surprise at why Ilsa would marry him. Claude Rains plays Captain Renault and his character is one of the most perplexing ones in the film. Is he a good character or a bad one? He keeps the aura of this question around his character so well that audience members would come to love him as they do the rest of the cast. Bogart and Rains would come to garner oscar nominations. The entire cast is excellent and even to this day, their performances, I would consider, extraordinary.

The directing- Michael Curtiz brings the screenplay to life on the big screen and not only does he tap into the actors, helping them bring excellent performances, he also did very well in keeping his film progressing. The film was behind schedule and yet he managed to cap it and it earned him the 1942 oscar for best director.

The visuals-truly spectacular. Though there is no cgi during this time, the film uses models and paintings to help bring it to life. In the ending sequence, there are multiple planes behind the plane in which Ilsa and Victor are to board. These are in fact, not real planes. They were models. The company had decided it would be too much to finance for planes and they were behind schedule. Nevertheless, the special effects crew did a truly magnificent job. The cinematography is also to praise as ingenious as well. Cinematographer Arthur Edeson brings so much into the film through visuals that it is even likely that his shots could have told the story itself. One shot I loved was a close up shot of Ilsa's face. The lighting on it made it glow, not only to symbolize beauty, but innocence and the love that Rick has for her. Excellent work which garnered him a nomination as well.

The score-Max Steiner (who also composed for "gone with the wind") gives a score that brilliantly examines the boundaries of love and its consequences. He also does great in helping to bring out the "human" in Rick. The lover once inside of him.

The film editing-the cuts and transitions are done so well, it could give today's films a run for their money. Film editor Owen Marks not only does this well, but he also helps to strengthen the film and make it flow much more easier and simpler for those to understand.

Overall, a classic and definitely a film not to be missed. You will not regret it.

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Comments (24)

  1. Daveactor7

    @babyH lol thanks

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  2. thedude-abides

    As it happens, I will be making a list, Dave. And guess which review just made the cut, lol. This one is probably my favorite from u so far. Excellent review.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. slysnide

    Nice one. I've had the DVD for a decade and refuse to watch it. I've heard that it's overly patriotic and just got the nods since given the status quo for dramas was low in the thirties that this was obviously better, but not neccessarily the best given that it simply raised the bar, but doesn't stand tall today. I watched "Gone With The Wind" a year ago and drew the same conclusion. I also have had "Citizen Kane" for 5yrs or so and won't watch that for the same reason, somewhat. My mental image of such films was always high, yet when I watch them I'm always disappointed so I steer clear of them. I may get to it eventually.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  4. Daveactor7

    @Diaigma thanks. This is my fave

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  5. Diaigma

    This film is one of the greats. Swell review, @Dave - just swell :)

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  6. Daveactor7

    @Supes thanks man

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  7. Dan

    Great review, Dave.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Daveactor7

    @Wich lol thanks

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  9. Wichy

    Haha I couldn't agree more. I would love to write more reviews but college works keeps me busy plus work :P But I always enjoy reading yours and hopefully college doesn't keep you too busy from here lol. And I had to add this to my favorites as well :P

    4 years agoby @wichitagalzlFlag

  10. Daveactor7

    @Wich well im in my first semester and i gotta tell you-its going to be difficult

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  11. Wichy

    You have become quite the reviewing machine Dave lol. I would love to see more from you :) I gotta start catching up and I got about three weeks off from college...it's reviewing time lol :P

    4 years agoby @wichitagalzlFlag

  12. Daveactor7

    @Wich thanks :D

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  13. Wichy

    Excellent review Dave. I can tell how much you loved it and that made this reivew all the better :D

    4 years agoby @wichitagalzlFlag

  14. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek1 darn i thought you were serious lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  15. moviegeek

    Hm. Good point haha.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  16. moviegeek

    Keep this one on the home page! lol

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  17. moviegeek

    Lol! It's okay to love your own review every so often hehe.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  18. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek1 thanks man! I loved this review so much as well

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  19. moviegeek

    Brilliant review. You've made it onto my favorite reviews list with this one :D

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. IlikePie202

    another excellent review :)

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    @Movie thanks. Took me a while to conjure up.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. MovieManiac

    Great Review.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    Brilliant review and definately one of the finest films ever made

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag