"Here's looking at you, kid."

This week, the subject of our blog hop is favorite movies.

When it comes to movies, I like lots of different genres. Action adventure (Indiana Jones will never get old; “Bond. James Bond;” Star Wars anyone?), comedies (We’re the Millers, The Men Who Stare At Goats) and drama (American Sniper, The Descendants, Argo).

Of course, romance is the best. That, after all, is what I write.

My all-time favorite is one of history’s most popular romantic films. How can you not love it? It is a classic in every sense of the word: filmed in black and white; exotic local; superb character development; romance; humor... The list is almost endless.

Filmed in 1942, and set in a town in Morocco during World War II, Casablanca is the journey's end for refugees that fled the Nazi invasion of France. There, the exiles wait, hoping to be lucky enough to get their exit visas and go to the Americas.

The character development is closely intertwined with the romantic triangle of the hero Rick (Humphrey Bogart), his former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), and her husband Victor (Paul Henreid); so much so that it is hard to separate these threads in the plot. Maybe that's why I love the movie so much. Love drives the characters’ growth, eventually leading to their heartbreaking self-sacrifice for the greater good.

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And the humor? Don’t get me started. Cynical, mocking, wry. I love the way Humphrey Bogart delivers lines like:    

Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?
Rick: I never make plans that far ahead. 

Renault: And what in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.

Strasser: What is your nationality?
Rick: I'm a drunkard.

Other famous lines from the movie have become part of the American tradition:

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
“Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.”  (The lines "Play it again" and "Play it, Sam" both appear in the film. The line "Play it again, Sam" does not.)
“I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”  
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Where would we be without such a great movie? Share your movie favorites!

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