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am 5. Februar 2007
Aaaahhh ... Bogey. AFI's No. 1 film star of the 20th century. Hollywood's original noir anti-hero, epitome of the handsome, cynical and oh-so lonesome wolf (with his "Casablanca"'s Rick Blaine alone, one of the Top 5 guys on the AFI's list of greatest 20th century film heroes); looking unbeatably cool in white dinner jacket or trenchcoat and fedora alike, a glass of whiskey in his hand and a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Endowed with a legendary aura several times larger than his real life stature, and still admired by scores of women wishing they had been born 50+ years earlier, preferably somewhere in California and to parents connected with the movie business, so as to have at least a marginal chance of meeting him.
Triple-Oscar-winning "Casablanca," directed by Michael Curtiz, was and still is without question Bogart's greatest career-defining moment, the movie on which his legendary status is grounded more than on any other of his multiple other successes. The film's story is based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's play "Everybody Comes to Rick's," renamed by Warner Brothers in order to tag onto the success of the studio's 1938 hit "Algiers" (starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr). Building on the success of 1941's "The Maltese Falcon" and further expanding Bogart's increasingly complex on-screen personality, it added a romantic quality which had heretofore been missing; eventually making this the AFI's Top 20th century love story (even before the No. 2 "Gone With the Wind"), while second only to "Citizen Kane" on the AFI's overall list of Top 100 20th century movies; with a unique, inimitable blend of drama, passion, humor, exotic North African atmosphere, patriotism, unforgettable score (courtesy of Herman Hupfeld's "As Time Goes By," Max Steiner and Louis Kaufman's violin) and an all-star cast, consisting besides Bogart of Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa), Paul Henreid (Victor Laszlo), Claude Rains (Captain Renault), Dooley Wilson (who, a drummer by trade, had to fake his piano playing as Rick's friend Sam), Conrad Veidt (Major Strasser), Sydney Greenstreet (Ferrari) and Peter Lorre (Ugarte). And the movie's countless famous one-liners have long attained legendary status in their own right ...
Looking at this movie's and its stars' almost mythical fame, it is difficult to imagine that, produced at the height of the studio system era, it was originally just one of the roughly 50 movies released over the course of one year. But mass production didn't equal low quality; on the contrary, the great care given to all production values, from script-writing to camera work, editing, score and the stars' presentation in the movies themselves and in their trailers, was at least partly responsible for its lasting success. In fact, the screenplay for "Casablanca" was constantly rewritten even throughout the filming process, to the point that particularly Ingrid Bergman was extremely worried because she was unsure whether at the end she (Ilsa) would leave Casablanca with Henreid's Victor Laszlo or stay there with Humphrey Bogart (Rick).
Little needs to be said about the movie's story. After the onset of WWII, Casablanca has become a point of refuge for Jews and other desperate souls from all corners of Europe, fleeing the old world with the hope of building a new life in America. Unofficial center of Casablanca's society is Rick's "Cafe Americain," where gamblers, refugees, French police, Nazi troops, thieves, swindlers and soldiers of fortune come together on a nightly basis, to make connections, conduct their shady business, or simply forget the uncertainty of their fate for a few precious hours. And presiding over this mixed and colorful society is Rick Blaine, expatriate American without any hope of returning to the United States himself (for reasons never fully explained), officially not interested in politics but only the flourishing of his business, but soft-hearted underneath the hard shell of his cynicism. From Rick's perspective, everything is going just swell and the way it is meant to be: he is reasonably well-respected, has a good working relationship with Captain Renault, the local representative of the Vichy government (based on mutual respect as much as on the fact that Renault is a guaranteed winner at Rick's gambling tables and, by way of reciprocation, turns a blind eye to whatever less-than-squeaky-clean transactions Rick may be tolerating in his cafe, always ready to have his police round up "the usual suspects" instead of the truly guilty party of a crime if that person's continued freedom promises to be more profitable); and although aware of Rick's not quite so apolitical past, the Germans are leaving him alone as well, as long as he stays out of politics now. Until ... well, until famous underground resistance leader and recent concentration camp-escapee Victor Laszlo and his wife Ilsa walk into Rick's cafe, into his place "of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world" - and with one blow, administered to the melancholy tunes of "As Time Goes By," the carefully maintained equilibrium of his little world comes crashing down around him.
The movie's two-disc special edition is unquestionably superior to any prior single-disc edition; featuring not only an improved video transfer but also, and notably, a new introduction by Lauren Bacall, additional documentaries ("Bacall on Bogart" and "The Children Remember" with Stephen Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rosselini) besides the excellent "You Must Remember This" already included on the one-disc edition, newly-discovered deleted scenes, treasures from the production history, commentary tracks with Roger Ebert and historian Rudy Behlmer, as well as several audio documents and fun stuff like web links and the "Looney Tunes" homage "Carrotblanca."
Not only to Bogart and Bergman fans all over the world, "Casablanca" is film history's all-time crowning achievement, a "must" in every movie lover's collection, and one of the few films that truly deserve the title "classic." If you don't already own it, this box set is a great occasion to remedy that omission!
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am 2. November 2003
Es gibt wohl kaum ein bekannteres Filmzitat als besagtes "Schau mir in die Augen Kleines", doch dieser großartige Film hat einiges mehr zu bieten.
Wahrscheinlich kennt jeder die Geschichte des coolen Nachtclubbesitzers Rick (Humphrey Bogart), der während des zweiten Weltkriegs seine Geliebte Ilsa (Ingrid Bergmann) in Marokko wiedersieht und ihr zur Flucht verhelfen soll.
Obwohl der Film inzwischen mehr als 60 Jahre alt ist, hat die größte Romanze der Filmgeschichte nichts an ihrer Faszination eingebüßt. Selbst ein absoluter Liebesfilmmuffel ("Casablanca" ist selbstverständlich kein reiner Liebesfilm) wie ich, kann sich dem Bann, den dieses Meisterwerk von Michael Curtiz ausübt, nicht entziehen.
Da ich glaube, dass ich den Film ohnehin nicht weiter anzupreisen brauche, möchte ich nun einige Informationen zur Special Doppel-DVD-Edition folgen lassen: Neben dem Film in hervorragender Bild- und Tonqualität bietet die Doppel-DVD umfangreiche Informationen über das Entstehen des Films, den originalen Kinotrailer und weiters Filmmaterial. Ein pralles und rundum gelungenes Paket - Prädikat: besonders wertvoll!
Und auch auf die Gefahr hin, dass es nerven könnte, so sollte man diesen Fim allein deshalb besitzen, um sich immer wieder die legendäre Szene, in der Bogart seiner um einen Kopf größeren Filmpartnerin Bergmann den berühmten Satz "Schau mir in die Augen Kleines" zuraunt, anschauen zu können. Ich zumindest kann gar nicht genug von diesem grandiosen Film bekommen.
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am 24. Juni 2011
"As time goes by" - Still the best film ever produced. Outstanding plot, great actors and a movie that never fails to move! Irony, threats, destiny all woven in a very entertaining story, Bergman, Bogart and most other actors at their bests. Very helpful in this edition: the online commentaries, worth hearing. You learn a lot about the American film industry and moral in the 1940ties.
And there is so much to reflect:
- Why does it rain inside the railway station?
- How could Bogart 'dry' in a click while entering the train?
- Are the Letters of Transit signed by General De Gaulle (as the commentary suggests) or by General Weygand (who was in fact the commander-in-chief)?
- Why do the Letters matter at all, in the investigation of Ilsa and Lazlo Captain Renault implies that even the ownership of the famous Letters do not guarantee anything?
- Does Rick have any credit line left at Deutsche Bank?
- What does Renault imply when he says "I've seen the Lady"?
- How does Captain Renault finance his 'lifestyle' after closing the Café with the Roulette table?
- Who are the 'usual suspects' ...?
- How will Rick like his life down in Brazzaville?
- Will Signor Ferrarri really pay Sam 25% of the profit after taking the Café over?
- Can any actress ever look better than Bergman when she enters Rick's Café for the very first time?
If you know all the answers, please let me know!
Best DVD buy possible!
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am 11. Juni 2002
Viele herausragende Filmkritiker haben diesen Film seit seinem Erscheinen den besten Hollywood-Film aller Zeiten genannt, sowohl in Hinsicht auf die Story - in diesem Film kommen quasi alle "Genres" zur Geltung: Krieg und Spionage, Freundschaft und Liebe, Historie und Fiktion - als auch hinsichtlich der Darsteller (!).
Ich kann mich diesem Urteil eigentlich nur anschließen. Was die Qualität dieses Films ausmacht, ist meiner Meinung nach nicht nur der intelligent erzählte Handlungsstrang, sondern auch und vor allem die Paarung kleiner, für die eigentliche Handlung im Prinzip irrelevanter Anekdoten ("What watch?" - "Ten watch." - "Oh, such much?"...) mit ganz großen und ergreifenden Szenen ("Die Wacht am Rhein" vs. "Marseilleise")!
Ein Meisterwerk, das man einfach gesehen haben muss. Eine filmische Mona Lisa.