1942 was a big year in motion pictures. But probably the greatest movie to come out was Casablanca. If you are a fan of classic black and white movies that are both beautiful and exciting, then this is a movie you surely shouldn't miss.
Michael Curtiz directed this fantastic action drama starring the beautiful Ingrid Bergman and the talented as well as handsome Humphrey Bogart. With a supporting cast including Claude Rains, Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre, this classic will forever be a classic to both the young and the young at heart.
Set in the time of World War II, this classic is about a man torn between love and virtue. Love for Lisa, his ex-lover or the virtue of helping her escape with her husband Victor, the leader of the Czech resistance and wanted man. Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart has the letters that would allow the two to escape Casablanca, Morocco.
However, it is the job of the Nazi's to see this does not happen. Rick refuses the documents to Lisa and Victor. He is a business man who wants to stay out of the trouble. But Lisa confronts Rick in his deserted cafe, pulling a gun on him. This is when he confronts her about leaving him stranded at the train station, waiting for her. She admits she had been married to Victor whom she believed had been killed in a prison camp. She learned of her husbands survival and left Rick to tend to her ailing husband without a word of explanation to him.
Surprisingly, Rick forgives her for deserting him and they begin to reconcile their love. This is when Rick tells her he will help Victor, but leaves Lisa to believe she will stay behind in Casablanca with him while Victor moves on.
Victor is arrested and Rick convinces the authorities to release him and explains to them that he and Lisa will be leaving for America. However, Rick has a trick up his sleeve. Victor is on the plane and Rick convinces Lisa to board the plane as well. He tells her she will regret staying with him. This scene is one of the most famous and most quoted in movie history.
Casablanca also boasts one of the most misquoted sayings in movie history. The quote many people get wrong is Rick saying Play It Again Sam. In fact, the first time Sam is asked to play As Time Goes By is by Lisa when she comes into Rick's cafe. She tells him, Play It Once, Sam, For Old Times' Sake. When Sam feigns ignorance, she repeats, Play It, Sam, Play As Time Goes By. Later that night, Rick is shown telling Sam, You Played It For Her, You Can Play It For Me. If She Can Stand It, I Can! Play It!
In the 1980's, a colorized version of Casablanca appeared on television, much to the dismay of viewers. In fact, only three million people watched the colorized version of the movie. This was Ted Turner's idea and he took full credit for it, saying he did it because he wanted to. The colorized version of the movie was available briefly on video, but to purists, it was nothing but a shame to movies. Now, thankfully, you will rarely, if ever, see a colorized version of the movie, many stating that the color made the movie bland.
Casablanca is one of the all time movies that people buy and download. You can buy and download movies with ease these days thanks to the web.