Best Hollywood Movie of All Time" Film
critic, Leonard Malton
people have heard of the film, Casablanca, which stars Humphery Bogart
and Ingrid Bergman, but probably less then half of these people have actually seen it.
It's one of the most notable, if not the most
notable film ever made, It's a film you tend to remember years after you've
The film was made in 1942 and it's in black and white. More than
95 percent of the film was shot in the Warner Brothers studios. True
to the conservative film restrictions of the era, it has no obvious violence or
sex. It doesn't need it. The story itself, (said to be the
greatest screenplay ever written), carries it.
Some universities, including Harvard, show Casablanca every year
during final exam week to help students "decompress."
It's not a high-brow film only appreciated by film
connoisseurs or film historians. Throughout the years it has had wide appeal to
audiences, young and old.
probably on more lists of the greatest films of
all time than any other single title, including
Citizen Kane because of its wider
appeal. ...Citizen Kane is generally
considered to be a greater film but
Casablanca is more loved.
-Film Critic Roger
It was made at a time when studios churned out a film a
week. The film had so many problems and hurdles to overcome that it's a wonder it ever made it to the screen.
mention all this for two reasons. You've just read about the first one. The
second reason, which follows, is important for film students to keep in mind,
In doing an article for the November/December 1982 issue of American Film
Chuck Ross retyped the complete screenplay. He
simply changed the title back to "Everybody Comes to Rick's" (the title of
the original play it's based on) and the name of the piano player. He
then submitted the script to 217 agencies that were looking for
scripts to develop into movies.
Of the 85 that read the screenplay 38 rejected it outright.
recognized it as Casablanca. Three of the 85 film agencies said, in
effect, the screenplay was not worth turning into a movie.
Casablanca is listed among history's
The old upright piano played by Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the
Casablanca movie was sold to a collector in Dec. of 2013 for
$602,500. The piano was purchased for $154.000 in
1988. Sam's rendition of “As Time Goes By” was the famous love
serenade for Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in
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