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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by middlechainringguy, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. middlechainringguy

    middlechainringguy Supporting Member

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    It's like The Beatles: the more you know, the better it gets. This from The New Statesman (via The Browser), an article worth a read in its entirety at https://www.newstatesman.com/cultur...t-over-and-over-again-how-casablanca-was-made:

    "Nearly all of the 100-plus actors and actresses in the film were immigrants hailing from more than 34 different nations. Bogart was the lone American; you also had Bergman (Sweden), Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet (England), Paul Henreid (Austria), Conrad Veidt (Germany) and Peter Lorre, originally from Slovakia by way of London, who said that, like Brecht, he had changed countries “oftener than our shoes”. Hungarian SZ Sakall, who played the head waiter, lost three sisters to the concentration camps.

    "The director Michael Curtiz, himself a Hungarian Jew, cast them all personally, incorporating some of their stories into the movie: the trading of jewellery for exit visas, the presence of pickpockets. There were so many German Jews playing the very Nazis they had fled that German was frequently spoken on set, which was known as the International House. When the time came for the scene in which Victor Laszlo defiantly sings “La Marseillaise”, one character actor noticed everyone was crying: “I suddenly realised they were all real refugees.”"
     
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  2. Bozak

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    Don't forget Madeleine Lebeau from France! Oui, oui!

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  3. Bluedawg

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    Thanks!

    Still one of the best movies ever IMHO

    :banana
     
  4. chrisr777

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    Yes, and keep in mind that the war was still going on. Their escapes and the horror of what happened to their homes was fresh and real.
     
  5. Mentat

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    I just watched it again last week,great movie. It's funny when people say "play it again Sam". Because Bogart never says that in the movie.
     
  6. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    A little trivia
    I was watching the Elvis doc on HBO this weekend.
    The director, Curtiz, directed one of Elvis’ early films (Kid Creole IIRC. It was late).
    But that struck me as how seriously Paramount took those early films.

    But Casablanca great?
    Fuggedaboutit
     
  8. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    This film hits me right in my least vulnerable spot
     
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    That movie is perfect in so many ways.
     
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    I'm sure someone will be along shortly to crap on it.
     
  11. sausagefingers

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    Me too!

    I watch it every year on Halloween. I don’t know how I started that tradition, but there it is.

    I just read a book about the making of the movie. Once it was a hit, all the studios clamored to make similar almost-Casablanca movies.

    I always debate whether Ilsa and Rick ‘do it’. I think I’m simple and naive enough to hope they didn’t, because after all she was married. But I think the shots and the symbolism suggest that they got down on Rick’s couch.

    Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and HB made some great movies. Great faces and wonderful emotion even if melodramatic by today’s standard.
     
  12. sharpshooter

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    I've read that article that the OP quoted. Yeah,, I still watch that movie a few times a year, it wears well.
    No doubt that IRL, at that period of time , Casablanca must have been full of foreign intrigue,, spys behind every corner, and all manner of "shady" dealings going on.
     
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    Gotta get my family to sit thru it again.
     
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    One thing about those old movies was that they leave it for the viewer to decide for themselves .....

    The sex is there if you want it to be .... but not if you prefer otherwise


    Sometimes I still think that was a better way of doing it

    :banana
     
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    R. Lee Ermey was excellent in this movie.

    Maj. Heinrich Strasser: What is your nationality?
    Rick Blaine: I'm a drunkard.
    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Who said that? Who the f**k said that? Who's the slimy c***sucker down here who just signed his own death warrant? What are you, a f***ing comedian? You little scumbag! I've got your name! I've got your ass!
     
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  16. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    I am going to make my oldest nephew watch it. He is old enough now.
     
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    Had a chance to see this on the big screen during it's 50th anniversary, it just might be my favorite movie of all time.

    “…I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”
     
  18. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    I would pay $50 to see it on the big screen.

    Hell maybe even $100
     
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    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    Probably my favorite movie of all time. The dialogue is amazing. Bogie is the coolest. Great story.
     
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    def the best MIA movie & very close to the top of my pile :D
     

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