19 March 2013

Film review: Casablanca (1942), by Michael Curtiz, *****

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Casablanca: a French colonial city during WW II: still governed by unoccupied Vichy France, with a daily flight to neutral Portugal, from where ships sailed regularly to America. A city 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 in love with 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...

The film is bursting with memorable quotes!


So much has been said about this film that it would be presumptuous of me to add anything. I will try to sum it all up in one question however. Casablanca is about a fundamental choice some people have to make at some crucial point in their lives. The question this films leaves us with is a difficult one. What is more  important: finding love or fighting for freedom? Rick, the eternal cynic who did not stick his neck out for anyone, chose to fight for freedom. I am not sure what I would have done. Perhaps I would have chosen love. Maybe I am a wimp, or maybe I take freedom too much for granted, as I never had to fight a war for it.

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  1. libertà ovvio, se sei libero puoi anche amare

  2. Del resto "una mente oppressa non sa cos'è l'amore e non può amare"

  3. chiedilo a Claudia Cardinale in "Nell'anno del Signore" (primi minuti del clip qui sotto)


  4. Quindi volete dire che un italiano o un cittadino tedesco o un sovietico negli anni trenta, o un cinese durante la rivoluzione culturale, tanto per fare qualche esempio, non potevano amare le loro mogli o mariti perché non avevano la libertà? Non credo proprio. Se invece muori per la libertà certamente non amerai più nessuno.

  5. Omnia vincit amor e ci sono sempre soluzioni possibili che la "ragion di stato" non conosce... per la creatività ci vuole AMORE! MElisa

  6. You certainly never had to fight for freedom, lol. Your review reminds me of a Chinese poem: 爱情诚可贵, 生命价更高, 若为自由故, 二者皆可抛“。 This poem mainly says that: love is precious, but life is more. For the purpose of freedom, both can ignore." This is an ancient Chinese poem written in the revolutionary time, when constraints of freedom was a huge issue. Nowadays, I guess I wouldn't make the same choice. For me, freedom without love becomes boredom. what do you say?

    1. Thank you Global Traveler, I agree with you. in times of revolutionary change life and love both take the back stage to freedom. It is a different story when you have both life and freedom, then love becomes paramount! Thanks for an insightful comment!


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