02 July 2013

Day 1: Favourite Film

Day 1 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: Favourite Film.

The answer has to be Michael Curtiz' Casablanca (1942). This film has everything—a perfect cast comprised of cynical Humphrey Bogart with a conscience, beautiful Ingrid Bergman torn between desire and devotion, the brilliant Claude Rains who steals every scene he’s in, noble but dull Paul Henreid, the wonderful Dooley Wilson on piano, and a fantastic group of supporting actors including Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, and Leonid Kinskey; some of the best dialogue ever written (“Round up the usual suspects”); one of the most memorable songs (“As Time Goes By”); and a perfect atmosphere thanks to the cinematography of Arthur Edeson. Did I mention the Nazis? What more could you ask for?

It also has one of the greatest film endings too. I don't know about you but I always found the relationship between Rick and Louis much more interesting than Rick and Ilsa. Oh, I could go on and on about this film. Casablanca. Best. Film. Ever.

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