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14 December 2009

Casablanca

directed by Michael Curtiz

All right, all right. There’s no way to get around it. It has to be talked about. One of the finest love stories in the history of cinema takes the form of one ultimate classic, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick, owner of Rick’s bar, nursing a cynical attitude until a lost love sparks a yearning inside him for something more. Reunited with a wonderful Sydney Greenstreet and starring opposite such giants of the crafts as Peter Lorre and Ingred Bergman, Bogart proves once again that he is an actor for the ages, the protohero who serves as the basis for such future leading men as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Jeremy Renner (well, maybe Mr. R isn’t a leading man, yet, but he should be). Citizen Cane may be considered the best film of all time (recognition it deserves, by the way), but rest assured that Casablanca would be a heavy weight contender for the best love story of all time. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

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