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Casablanca

"believe the hype"

"One of the most European movies ever made by Hollywood"

"utterly brilliant"

"one of the best screenplays ever put on the screen"

Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart

The classic story of the owner of a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and of the return of his former lover who is now a member of the Resistance. Includes the original theatrical trailer.

A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood movies. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made.

This is more than a love story though and tackles the issues of redemption, self sacrifice and moral compromise in desperate times in a serious, moving and satisfying manner. Oh yeah and its got some great lines.

Casablanca is, of course, utterly brilliant in the way it sets its love story against such a turbulent backdrop with such passion and conviction

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