Movie of the Day: Casablanca (1942)

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In an effort to do an actual daily column here on Superfriends, I’m re-introducing the concept of DVD of the Day and re-naming it “Movie of the Day.” (Don’t worry, I still plan on finishing the “Batman on Film” series.)  These will be very short paragraph-long reviews, but you’ll actually get them everyday.  The Academy Awards take place on February 24, so each entry this month will be an Academy Award winning movie. We’ll start the first entry in the Movie of the Day series with Casablanca.

Movie: Casablanca
Release Date: 1942
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt

Oscar Credibility:
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart (Nomination)
Best Supporting Actor: Claude Rains (Nomination)
Best Cinematography (Nomination)
Best Film Editing (Nomination)
Best Music (Nomination)

Rick Blaine is an exiled American running a bar & casino in Casablanca, an unoccupied section of French Morocco during World War II. When a former lover re-enters Rick’s life, on the run from the Nazis, Rick must decide if he’ll help her escape or hold onto old grudges. Casablanca is a the most perfectly structured screenplay of all time. All the major characters have an arc. They all have motivations and act accordingly. Everything falls into place. Every screenwriter should study this film as an example of perfect writing. There are so many iconic lines of dialogue in this film, that you’ll lose count. Even if you’ve never seen the film before, you’ll be hard-pressed not to recognize some of the most memorable lines. On top of all that you have Humphrey Bogart’s iconic performance as Rick, a performance that has been imitated countless times since he first stepped on the screen in 1942. All these ingredients combine for a perfect film.

Casablanca is available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. Check out a full-review of the film here and here. Check out Forced Perspective Episode 10, where we countdown the Top 5 Best Picture winners.

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