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CASABLANCA

   
 

The times call 
for a different sort of White House!

   

 

  

 

At a time when everything on television seems dismalthe economy in crisis, the race to the presidency sunk to the level of betchas and winkswe think that turning off the television and watching Casablanca (Sp., lit. white house) is the perfect antidote!  

Casablanca is the best sort of classicit seems to get better and better as time goes by!  With some of the best lines in Hollywood history and a marvelously constructed and crackling script, one can watch it just for the sheer pleasure of its dialogue.  But it's got everything else, all the necessary ingredientswit, intrigue, action, suspense, nostalgia, and a wonderfully sentimental love story at its heart.  Humphrey Bogart plays Rick whose Casablanca nightclub Rick's Café Americain is the place to be and where everybody seems to have washed up in this second World War film: spies, traitors, refugees, the French Resistance and the Nazis, even old loves.  

And then she walks in . . . "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine . . . ."  There is the old flame Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) who glows, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) whose cynicism and hard-edged cool hide a broken heart, and Ilsa's husband, the Czech resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).  There is the pitch-perfect performance by Claude Rains as the French police chief and a marvelously expressive Dooley Wilson as Sam.  It is nuanced yet fast-paced, and it's got style in spades. Watch it again. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 

Rent: Casablanca

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