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Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one - especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.
Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Casablanca marks its 70th anniversary as a beloved favorite with so many bonuses that no matter how often you've seen it, this beautiful 70th Anniversary (Limited and Numbered) Edition looks like yet another beginning of a beautiful friendship with an unforgettable classic.
Editor's NoteWorld War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) classic love story. Colorful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose café is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. The question is, will he? Top-notch performances include Claude Rains as the chief of the French police and the major authority figure in Unoccupied France, Peter Lorre as the doomed Senor Ugarte, Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari, and Dooley Wilson as Rick's loyal friend and the café's pianist, Sam. The mesmerizing musical score, by Max Steiner, along with the well-structured plot, flawless acting, and unforgettable dialogue makes this one of the best films of all time.
Casablanca - 70th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/9/2012 2:10 PM
|The 1942 classic Casablanca is now available on Blu-ray as a 70th Anniversary Limited Collector's Set. The set is quite impressive, consisting of a restored transfer of the film, several feature-length documentaries and a wide array of special features. Included in the numbered box are a reproduction poster, a 62-page hardcover book, and a set of Casablanca-themed coasters. The deluxe treatment is fitting for a film held in such high regard. The film is considered by many to be one of the greatest romances, if not one of the greatest films of all time. Personally I would not call Casablanca a romance, but I would call it a love story....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Hans Von Twardowski|
|Arthur Edeson - Director of Photography|
|Orry-Kelly - Costume Designer|
|Howard Koch - Screenwriter|
|Carl Jules Weyl - Art Director|
|Julius J. Epstein - Screenwriter|
|Max Steiner - Composer|
|Philip G. Epstein - Screenwriter|
|Owen Marks - Editor|
|Hal B. Wallis - Producer|
|Jack L. Warner - Producer|
|Michael Curtiz - Director|
|"Here's looking at you, kid."----Humphrey Bogart (Rick) to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) at least three times during the course of the film|
|"Only one answer can take care of all our questions."----Ilsa just before kissing Rick|
|"But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris." "Not an easy day to forget. I remember every detail----the Germans wore gray, you wore blue."----Interchange between Rick and Ilsa at his cafe after seeing each other for the first time in years|
|"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."----Rick about Ilsa|