I recently had the pleasure of seeing Michael Curtiz’s “Casablanca” again and this time I saw it on the big screen. It felt like I was seeing it for a first time, minus the fact that I knew many character lines. The film is filled with heroic moments, loving scenes, insulting replies and overall feeling of hopeful doom. The cinematography holds, the editing is timely and the directing … oh the directing.
The film is missing the sound design of Orson Welles’s film, but that can’t be considered to be a flaw. Its just that Orson Welles’s vision of sound is so unique and elaborate that it was impossible to imitate at the time of making “Casablanca.” As a matter of fact, this detail to sound design in films comes about 20 years after “Citizen Kane.”
The soft lighting is so flattering and Ingrid Bergman’s skin is silk like. I love her wardrobe and the hats she is wearing. One of the best romantic films ever made still holds 80 years after its initial release.
4 / 5
Director: Michael Curtiz
Staring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt