Runtime: 102 min
Director: Michael Curtiz
“Here’s looking at you kid.” This iconic quote is from the classic award winning movie Casablanca (1942). Always found on the top-ten lists of films of all time, Casablanca stands out as a favorite of the late Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee Founder, Fred Andrews.
As a “Fred’s Favorite”, the much loved romantic melodrama is a masterful combination of the classic love triangle, unforgettable characters (including 34 nationalities), haunting musical score, atmospheric cinematography and political espionage set against the chaos of war.
Based upon the unproduced stage play Everyone Comes to Rick’s, the film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The supporting cast showcases other film legends including Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) and helping her Czech-resistance leader husband (Henreid) escape the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
It may be a case where “As Time Goes By” since this movie premiered, but a “sigh is still a sigh” as you enjoy Casablanca up on the big screen again. Though you may not “always have Paris” as Rick (Bogart) laments to Ilsa (Bergman), you can join other movie lovers in a shared community viewing this unforgettable film during Kansas City FilmFest.