Bailey McTavish

Casablanca was created 76 years age but it still echoes the film industry today with its timeless romance.

Casablanca is a classic film from 1942 that takes place during WW2. It is about a man named Rick Blaine whose past love Ilsa shows up at his nightclub with her husband, Victor Laszlo. The Germans are on the hunt for Laszlo and the only person who can help him is Blaine. Although will his love for Ilsa stand in the way of helping them escape to America?

Rick’s is a very popular nightclub where many people meet to try and escape to got to America because the Germans are trying to take over.

Just like all other old movies the credits are in the begging and the film is in black and white. Also at the end of the movie it actually says “The End” on the screen which is not common in todays films.

Something interesting about this movie is that there was a black man as one of the main characters which is very progressive, especially considering the time period. Dooley Wilson played Sam who was the entertainer for Rick’s nightclub.

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were very popular actors. This film had many big name actors which probably had something to do with with its popularity.

With this movie and a lot of other old movies there was a lot of dramatic music and over acting. There was a scene in this movie where it was raining and Blaine was soaking wet then he goes to get on the train and it completely dry. So the movie obviously is not very consistent but considering the actors that were in the movie the technical things did not prevent the film from achieving success.

Another thing that really shows the time period from when this movie was filmed is that everybody smoked. There was smoking in almost every scene- mainly during the nightclub scenes.

Overall this movie is definitely worth a watch. It is historical and entertaining with a little romance as well. This would be a good movie for someone who has never seen an old movie before for their own enjoyment. 

This film is recognizable to those who haven’t seen the film before by its quotes like:

“We’ll always have Paris,” Rick Blaine

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, she walks into mine,” Rick Blaine

“Here’s looking at you kid,” Rick Blaine.