100 Greatest Films of all time – 7: Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)  Directed by: Michael Curtiz   Produced by:  Jack L Warner and Hal B Wallis   Screenplay by: Julius J Epstein, Phillip J Epstein, and Howard Koch. Based on the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison   Starring:  Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, and Arthur “Dooley” Wilson Oscar Count: 3 (Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also nominated for Best Actor (Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Rains), Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score).

In many ways, it’s fascinating that Casablanca has had the success that it has with everyone. Most modern viewers, when looking at a film like this (or any old film) thinks that it is standard fare, when, in fact, all other films have copied its influence. Continue reading