1970’s movie poster for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
“It’s about a girl who had just come to Paris from her home in Oslo. At the house of some friends, she met a man about whom she’d heard her whole life. A very great and courageous man. He opened up for her a whole beautiful world full of knowledge and thoughts and ideals. Everything she knew or ever became was because of him. And she looked up to him and worshiped him… with a feeling she supposed was love.”
Casablanca, dir. Michael Curtiz
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall behind the scenes of Key Largo (1948)
Casablanca on the big screen…
So as a continuation of this post, I have to say seeing Casablanca in a movie theatre was quite the experience. First of all, the cinema was packed which I did not expect. It made me so happy that people were turning out in droves to see a 70 year old movie. I mean, I know it’s a classic and widely considered one of the best films of all time, but I guess I just figured most people wouldn’t pay $12.50 to see a movie they’ve seen before and could watch at home. Obviously, I was wrong, and I’m so happy I was. I LOVE watching movies in the cinema, it’s one of my favorite things to do and to me it’s 10x better than watching at home. I know a lot of people like the comfort of their own homes, being in PJs, sprawling out on the couch, not having to worry about other people making noise talking/eating/texting/whatever, but it’s always been easy for me to block that out. I usually get wrapped up in the magic of the film, and if I don’t, that means it isn’t a good one. I love when an older movie is brought back to the cinema so that I can experience that extra bit of magic that occurs when the big screen is lit and the lights come down.
The one annoying thing was that they had a mini-documentary that prefaced the film. It was just people talking about some behind the scenes stuff and how great the movie is mixed with clips of it. I hated this. I can understand showing it at the end, but why would I want to see clips of Casablanca all out of sequence before I’m about to see it in full? I just want to watch the movie. It kind of ruined some of the fun for awhile. Like I had forgotten about the “I am shocked, SHOCKED that there is gambling going on in this establishment!” jokes and they showed that clip and I laughed but I was like… uh, it would have been good to experience that in sequence with the rest of the movie. Duh. When it was finally time to show the actual film, some lady yelled out “FINALLY!” and everyone laughed.
There were a lot of older people that showed up and you could tell there was a lot of fanfare WHICH WAS SO COOL. I love seeing a movie with huge fans present. There were people who gasped at certain parts and every joke got a strong laugh. You could hear a pin drop during every other second. Many people were crying at the end. No one was talking or texting or even moving, everyone was captivated.
Casablanca is truly timeless. The movie really stuck with me. I was thinking about it all night and that continued into today. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are unbelievably FANTASTICAL and FLAWLESS to the point where it just ridiculous. I don’t mean to sound like my classic-film obsessed father who constantly says “They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore,” but SERIOUSLY, THEY JUST DON’T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANYMORE. They just don’t.
One thing that I was really quite fascinated by this time around was how visually stunning the movie is. I mean, I always liked the look of it, but on the big screen, remastered, it was so beautiful that I was afraid to look away for even a second.
SIGH I just love it so much. Even though the anniversary screenings were one night only, it’s not rare that Casablanca is screened in cinemas, so if you ever get a chance to see it on the big screen, don’t hesitate.
Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of.
Casablanca is back in cinemas tonight for one night only
If you are looking for me I will be woman crying on the burrito she smuggled in from Chiptole.
I’ve never seen Casablanca on the big screen, so I am VERY excited about this. Look up showtimes for your local theatre and join me! In spirit, not literally. If you come up to me I will run away.
If you’ve never seen this classic film, now is your chance to experience it in the best possible way! JUST GO.