Thursday, September 1, 2011

Casablanca

Casablanca
- It all starts right here at Rick's Cafe Americain
Better known just as 'Rick's' it all starts here...!
in Casablanca. I've picked three of my favorite movies to bring to your attention. The first stop is obviously Casablanca (1942) and is the subject of this Blog, then to be followed by one of the funniest and well done comedies 'The Court Jester' (1956) with Danny Kaye and finally one of the most sophisticated with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 'To Catch a Thief (1955)'. I hope you enjoy this edition.....

Rick's

This is the Gold Standard for Film Noir and over the years I've been to Rick's Cafe over a hundred times there's something new everytime. Perhaps it's the dialogue that is so intriguing. Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine...!
, Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund...!
, Paul Henreid
Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo...!
and a bevy of supporting characters delivered those unforgettable lines with real style. Here's some of Bogie's best lines...


Listening to that I can almost visualize where each line of the dialogue is taking place in the movie. This has got to be one of the very best scripts ever written and it was written more or less on 'The Fly' so to speak. Some of the wittiest one-liners I've ever heard.

When production actually began the script was only half completed and near the end of the production the lines for the next day's shooting were being written the night before. At the very end they were being written and rushed to the set as the actors awaited there lines. Therefore no complete production script for Casablanca exits. Here's a .pdf file for you to read and is the best you are going to get...


You may D'load the entire script and read it later from the BOX just above and here just below is the opening screen described on the first page of the script...

This war time production was actually a turning point in Bogie's career. Up until this movie he had been relegated to playing the hard core 'Gangster' or victim of 'Gang Violence' in a series of high profile Warner films. His role here as the anti-hero
The most dangerous man in the world's most dangerous city...!
was the turning point and he would play this sort of character for the bulk of his remaining career.

At the time this film was made Humphrey and Ingrid
Through the years 'Rick' and 'Ilsa' have entertained million...
had no idea of the cultural impact it would eventually have on millions.


CLICK THE PIC JUST ABOVE


Ilsa

Ingrid Bergman was just 27 years old during this production and was the perfect choice to soften the likes of world weary 'Rick Blaine' (Humphrey Bogart). Her role as 'Ilsa Lund' cast her opposite Humphrey as the love interest in which she was his one-time lover and ran out on him leaving THIS NOTE
This is the note Ilsa left Rick in Paris...
in Paris years earlier leaving 'Rick' a very embittered ex-lover. Her curent lover is none other than Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Miss Ingrid made only one film in 1942 and we are very lucky it was Casablanca !


Click Pic Above for more Pix of Miss Ingrid Bergman

Nominated for six Oscars and Winning three this is indeed at the top of the 'A' list for Movie Classics. Julius and Phillip Epstein and Howard Koch won an Oscar for writing the 'Best Screenplay', Michael Curtiz won for 'Best Director' and of course Warner Bros. for 'Best Picture'. Humphrey and Claude Raines were both nominated for 'Best Actor' but lost out to Paul Lukas for 'Watch On The Rhine'.




Ugarte

One of my favorite characters as with just one look at him you know he's got some dark deviant
Just one look at him and you knew he was...
part of his personality that always makes him some sort of amoral sycophant
An altogether dark deviant seedy character...
.

His role as 'Ugarte' totally upholds this image of the seedier side of life in human form. 'Ugarte' sells 'Exit Visas' and one of his lines that always stuck in my head was...

Ugarte: "You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust."

"I don't mind a parasite, I object to a cut-rate one..."




Click Pic Above to Enlarge

Sam

'You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by....' if you don't recognize that lyric then we have definitely been invaded by space aliens because everyone else on the planet will recognize Mr. Dooley Wilson
You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; the fundamental things apply, as time goes by...
singing it.

The loveable loyal 'Sam
Loveable Loyal Sam...
' playing the piano and dispensing words of wisdom
Sam dispensing words of wisdom...
to Miss Ilsa. Probably one of the most famous movies lines ever was delivered by Miss Ilsa to Sam
Best Movie Line Ever...
.


Ferrari

Now here's a staple for seedy characters, Mr. Sydney Greenstreet
Sydney as Signor Ferrari...
portraying the rival cafe owner 'Signori Ferrari
Sydney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart at the bar in Rick's Cafe...
'. Sydney's movie career lasted only eight years and of the 23 films in which he appeared, nine were with Mr. Peter Lorre. He is one of the 'Best Remembered' characters in Casablanca! Here he is with Humphrey, Peter and Mary Astor in 'The Maltese Falcon' (another favorite) CLICK HERE.


Renault

The immutable Capt. Louis Renault chief of police. There are a slew other unforgettable characters like Miss Joy Page portraying Bulgarian newlywed Annina Brandel, whose virtue is on the line because, as her young husband keeps losing all their money at
Rick's Roulette Table
He kept losing all their money right here...
, the only way they will get out of Casablanca is if she sleeps with Capt. Renault (Claude Raines).

There are some people in the world that are so good at what they do, they literally 'own' their craft. Mr. Claude Raines is just such an individual and it is indeed an honor just to watch such a person exhibit their skill.


CLICK HERE to watch at TCM


Well I do seem to be rambling on a bit about this favorite movie so I'll cut it short here. I hope you enjoyed it as it was lots of fun putting this one together. Here's a few of my other Blogs you may want to visit....

"Remember, we'll always have Paris..."

♡♡ Movie Classics ♡♡

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