This is a Discussion of Casablanca over at movietap.Â Here are my initial comments:
This is a great movie. I finally got my wife to watch this several months ago. I had to convince her it was a love story instead of a â€œwar movieâ€. Apparently, she has something against war movies. She almost left the room at the beginning of white christmas.
Anyways, I have had a couple of questions. Why would anyone travel from Europe, go to Northern Africa, go back to Europe to get to the US? That part of the plot, I never understood.
Also, how common was it for an American white man and a black man to be travelling around Europe and Africa opening random clubs?
I agree with one of the above posters regarding the Paris flashbacks. I realize it is to set up the contrast between happy Rick and bitter Rick. However, Bogart just looks kinda of goofy trying to appear carefree.
One of the things that I tend to do (especially with older movies), is recognize actors and try to figure out what else I have seen them in. This usually gets me running to imdb.
Claude Rains also plays Prince John in â€œThe Adventures of Robin Hoodâ€.
And I also recognized Peter Lorre from â€œArsenic and Old Laceâ€. He seems to have been type cast as that type of character – sniviling and weak.
Also, I was kind of confused about how cordial the germans were the whole movie. If it was me, I would have arressted Laszlo from the beginning. Obviously, it would have ruined the movie..