Thoughts on Movies

“Casablanca”

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in "Casablanca" (Warner Bros., 1942)

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in "Casablanca" (Warner Bros., 1942)

Turner Classic Movies screened in theaters across America this week a beautiful new digital transfer of “Casablanca” (Warner Bros., 1942) in honor of the film’s 70th anniversary. Warner Bros. is also releasing this new transfer in a special limited-edition Blu-ray/DVD set next week.

Based on a then-unproduced play called “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” screenwriters (and brothers) Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (not their brother), director Michael Curtiz, producer Hal B. Wallis, and the perfect cast of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre turned the story into cinema gold. Seeing it on the big screen was a dream come true for me. Thanks, TCM!

No matter the format, I hope you’ll take the time to watch this memorable, classic film–again or for the first time. “The fundamental things apply, as time goes by.”

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