Friday, October 23, 2009

October 22, 2009

Casablanca (1943)
#62 on my Top 100 List
Right off the bat, this movie is intriguing due to the exotic locale of a Moroccan bazaar. The plot quickly unfolds and envelops sinister Nazis, murdered Nazis, valuable letters of transit, a beautiful woman, a delightfully shady bit part played by Peter Lorre, and Humphrey Bogart as the jaded saloon owner Rick. The film's famous ending on the fog-shrouded tarmac was heavily influenced by the rules that Hollywood had to adhere to at the time known as the Production Code - Rick and Ilsa were in fact not allowed to end up together. The Production Code also accounts for the seemingly shortened love scenes, as "excessive and lustful kissing, lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures, are not to be shown." (A full copy of the rules is available if anyone wants to Google it.) There are several famous lines from the film, but don't trouble yourself straining to hear "Play it again, Sam." It isn't there.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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