Our Valentine’s Day special is CASABLANCA, one of the greatest American films of all time.
An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood’s quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. And then there’s “As Time Goes By,” Rick’s Place, and the start of a beautiful friendship. One of the most stirring and heartbreaking films, Casablanca plays at the Art on Valentine’s Day. (1942, Dir. Michael Curtiz, 100 min, DCP)
“Seeing the film over and over again, year after year, I find it never grows over-familiar. It plays like a favorite musical album; the more I know it, the more I like it. The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned. Much of the emotional effect of “Casablanca” is achieved by indirection; as we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do after all amount to more than a hill of beans.” -Roger Ebert, GREAT MOVIES review