The Top 63 Marathon, part 52

Title: Casablanca
Year: 1942
Length: 102 minutes
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein & Howard Koch, based on a play by Murray Burnett & Joan Alison
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Music: Max Steiner (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars (in 1944) for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (adapted); Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Rains), Best Cinematography (black-and-white), Best Score (dramatic or comedy) and Best Editing; currently #16 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a wealthy, powerful rogue in WWII Morocco refuses to take sides
How I saw it: on video many times, most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). It’s not possible to like movies and not love Casablanca. It just can’t be done.
Objective Rating: 3.7/4 (Great).


2 Responses to Casablanca

  1. ianthecool says:

    The acting was only good? Claude Raines alone should bump that up to great.

    • Daniel says:

      I dunno, the acting is right on the line between good and great; I could have gone either way. I really have to be blown away to call acting great. Plus, Bogart’s the one who’s always on screen, and he’s pulling about a B-.

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