My Favorite Romance: Casablanca

So this week, we’re talking movies- love stories and date night flicks. Well, my favorite romantic movie of all time is Casablanca.

Now, it’s not really a date night movie as far as I’m concerned, because I’ve never gone out with a guy who appreciated the classic the way I do. My husband enjoys movies featuring genocide as a central theme, and my last boyfriend only watched indie.ย Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are a treat I save for myself, especially when I want to be entranced.

Every line of the film was poetry. Every line meant something, and alluded to some greater truth. The dialogue was a study in understatement.

Victor: Were you lonely in Paris?
Ilsa: Yes, Victor, I was.
Victor: I know how it is to be lonely. Is there anything you wish to tell me?
Ilsa: No, Victor, there isn’t.
Victor: I love you very much, my dear.
Ilsa: Yes, yes I know.

Genius! Pure, unadulterated genius! And so different from the overwrought emotions one finds in a lot of today’s romances.

The other thing I find so great about Casablanca is that all the emotions and interpersonal dynamics are so timelessly true. Rick’s beautiful but jilted girlfriend, the innocent young couple with an undercurrent of hard-nosed desperation. Every archetype was played so perfectly, not to mention sympathetically.

Plus, the movie inspired scenes in two of my other favorite movies of all time: Volunteers, and Raider of the Lost Arc. So much of film and TV borrows from Casablanca that the movie should be required viewing in schools!

This movie had the greatest- the absolute greatest lines ever spoken:

Rick: If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it.

Ilsa: No.

Rick: Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.

“But soon, and for the rest of your life.” Ah *dies.* It’s true- she would have regretted it, and not just because she would have ended up in a concentration camp. If she left her husband for her lost love, Ilsa would have grown to hate Rick. Their love survives best as a memory- a moment in time.

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 Responses to My Favorite Romance: Casablanca

  1. Ahh, Daisy- I adore this movie as well. So many great lines. Once when I ran into someone I knew from another area of Florida and never expected to see at a ski lodge, the first thing I said was, “of all the gin joints in all the world, you had to come into mine” LOL! This movie is definitely a keeper!!


  2. danicaavet says:

    I’m not into romance movies. Crazy, I know, but I just can’t get into them. They always leave me feeling like I have sugar gritted between my teeth, lol. I will admit though, this is a classic, no question about it.


    • Daisy Harris says:

      Romantic comedies can be a little sugary. However, a lot of the older romantic comedies were a hoot. Some Like it Hot was the funniest movie ever. Plus, all of Jack Lemmon’s stuff.


      • danicaavet says:

        Gah, of course! I adore Some Like It Hot…but I never really considered it a romance, LOL. I think I lumped it together with musicals and comedies. Oh man, now I’ve got that damn song stuck in my head…”I wanna be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you” Earworm!


  3. Lynn Rush says:

    I have never seen this movie.

    I know. I think I’m the only one on the planet. So, it’s your all time favorite, huh, Daisy? Gosh, I’m going to have to rent it, aren’t I?


  4. Sharita lira says:

    I love Casablanca! Its a great film, one of the best!

    Great post!


    • Daisy Harris says:

      OK- I just remembered another awesome line.

      “I’m a drunkard.”

      “That makes you a citizen of the world.”

      Ha! Seriously, that movie has the best lines ever! Thanks for stopping by Sharita!


  5. jeff7salter says:

    Casablanca is a great movie with terrific performances by EVERYbody. [Although I always thought the Victor guy kinda phoned-it-in.]
    You’re right about the dialog being quite incisive. But I read somewhere that they got their ‘pages’ as they filmed … that they began with no actual screenplay. Apparently they had the concept a cool set and great actors and some writers who could fill in the gaps.
    Yeah, no way it could have ended with the girl staying in Casablanca. She HAD to be on that plane.
    I know everyone’s taste is different, but did you REALLY like Volunteers? The one with Tom Hanks, Rita Whoever, and John Candy? I thought it was a stinker.


    • Daisy Harris says:

      Yes, yes- I know I’m the only person in the world who liked Volunteers. I loved it- really loved it. When he gets on the plane wearing a white tuxedo and they’re all singing Kumbaya? So funny!

      I love to make fun of hippies though, so maybe that’s just me. ๐Ÿ™‚


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