AFI #3 – Casablanca

Casablanca - Poster.jpgCasablanca

1942

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Netflix says… In this Oscar-winning classic, American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) plays host to gamblers, thieves and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub during World War II… but he never expected Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman)–the woman who broke his heart–to walk through that door. Ilsa hopes that with Rick’s help, she and her fugitive husband (Paul Henreid) can escape to America. But the spark that brought the lovers together still burns brightly.

There are a number of the top 100 films on the AFI list that I have to question. Casablanca is not one of them. This is, without question, one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s full of great lines that get misquoted over and over again. It’s got intrigue and romance. Really, it’s the kind of movie that fans of any genre can find something to enjoy.

I’m not going to cheapen it with my own words here. Because it’s really worth watching. Go check it out at the library. Rent it from the video store (if such a thing still exists where you are). Find it on Amazon and download it. It’s well worth your time and, if necessary, money.

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