I’ve always loved watching black and white movies. There is just something about them, the actors, the sets, the attention to detail that seems to get lost in movies today because of all the spectacular graphics and fast pace. As a child, a few of my favorites were the Shirley Temple movies, The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges. Then as I grew up it was Tarzan, those old westerns and of course The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock.
Now our house has to be practically empty for me to catch one of those classics on TV. So imagine my excitement when I learned Casablanca was going to be showing at one of the local theaters here in town for the 70 anniversary of its release. This is a movie I’ve always wanted to see, but for one reason or another just never have. A big “Thank you” goes out to Will Simon for the heads up and setting up a movie date for our little crew that meets up at Drew’s Pastry Place on Friday mornings.
Life always has a way of changing the best made plans. But three of us were able to go despite those pesky unplanned happenings. Will and another good friend, Stacey Purcell, met up at the theater for a 2:00 afternoon showing this past Wednesday. I felt so naughty. It was daylight. The kids were in school. Someone else was going to have to pick up my son. Shame on me. LOL
But it was well worth it. I wasn’t disappointed. The movie was all I expected and more. It started with a brief history of the movie and I loved hearing facts about how it all came together despite some really important missing pieces. Like the ending. Yep, when filming started, no one knew how the movie was going to end. I believe there were three different endings written. And to top that off, the script was being written and rewritten along the way each day. But you’d never guess this by watching the movie. The flow was perfect. The set magical. And the casting spot on. A movie filled with mystery, intrigue, love, heartbreak and the ultimate sacrifice.
Getting to see it on the big screen like that was so awesome. It felt like I’d gone back in time somehow. LOL And sharing the experience with great friends who I know enjoyed it as much as I did was priceless.
A few surprising discoveries:
No one really says this line I’ve heard associated with the movie a million times. – “Play it again, Sam.”
Bogart does say, “Here’s looking at you kid.” About three or four times if my memory is correct.
And not every mystery presented is cleared up at the end. We are never told why Rick can’t return to America. Or exactly why he needed to leave Paris before the Germans arrived. (This last one is probably something I just missed because I was so caught up in the story.)
But all of these make the movie more intriguing to me. These details are ones that will stick with me for a long time. Keep me thinking about the movie and the great characters and dying to see it again to catch things I’m sure I missed the first time.
Do you like those old black and white movies? Have you seen Casablanca? What were some of your favorites?
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