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


What is the greatest film ever made? Let your vote count!

Over the past nine months Couchside View have been counting down what we collectively feel are the 100 greatest films ever made. With our top ten already decided we thought it’d be a cool idea to interact the readers by letting you have the final say on what position these ten films end up in. So simply reacquaint yourself with the classics highlighted below and please do your bit in voting for which film you think deserves to be number one.  The poll will be left running for a number of days whilst we continue the countdown from its current position.

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