Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 14, 2011

Casablanca (1942)

If you likeDefiance, The Notebook, The White Countess

Synopsis– Jaded, cynical night club owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is living out his days in Casablanca: a (currently) unoccupied territory during World War II.  His life becomes radically complicated when famous freedom fighter Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) arrives in Casablanca with his lovely young wife– the former love of Rick’s life. When he finds himself in possession of the only government documents that can get Lazlo safely to America, Rick must choose between serving the greater good and seizing what might be his last chance at happiness.

Why it’s better– This movie has more famous quotes than ANY other (“Here’s looking at you, kid”  “We’ll always have Paris”  “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”  “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”)  And– I’m not gonna lie– it’s one of the few movies in which I find Bogey sexy. He’s just so darn mysterious!  ( Also, don’t be turned off by all the chick flicks in “If you like”, fellas! There are plenty of double-crosses and shootings to balance the estrogen.)

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  1. “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

    Simply a terrific movie, with loads of great lines.

    If you haven’t looked before, Alyson Krier blogs in a similar vein at The Best Picture Project. I think you’d enjoy reading her reviews.

    (Oh, and I prefer Audrey Hepburn, but that’s me!)

  2. awesome site! thanks for the link!

    (Audrey’s definitely more beautiful/classy/selfless, but i love Kate’s sass!)


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