Casablanca (5 stars)

(U) 102min


Michael Curtiz’s superb 1942 classic re-emerges from the evergreen bush in a sparkling new print (both celluloid and digital depending where you see it). Nothing much has changed - it’s war time in Morocco and cynical nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is still dealing with feelings of isolationism and self dependence until old love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) turns up with her saintly resistance fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). There are Nazis and corrupt collaborators everywhere, especially the deeply unreliable Captain Renault (the brilliant Claude Rains) but Morocco is a neutral country, a trading point where European asylum seekers can buy travel permits so they can flee to the safer zones of the US and beyond.

Casablanca is a great movie - witty, funny, moving and compulsively entertaining. If you haven’t seen it for a while it’s freshness, modernity and odd relevance may surprise you. If you have never seen Casablanca, then this is your moment. Book now.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 16-Thu 22 Feb only.


  • 5 stars
  • 1942
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

You must remember this … Bogart being impossibly noble, Bergman torn between two lovers, Claude Rains playing both ends against the middle, devious Nazis, a fogbound airport, a piano-player tinkling that tune. A wonderful hill of beans.

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