Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Black and White version
Casablanca is one of the greatest movies ever made. it is a tale
of chivalry. the ability of a man to sacrifice what might have been
his own happiness potentially, for the happiness of the woman he
loves, together with the man she prefers to be with in actuality.
A lovely movie that should be in every library, The lovely song "as
time goes by" has become a classic favorite from this great period
of movie making history.
This great classic movie of all time, looks at this code of chivalry
which is supposed to exist between men and women and is slowly
becoming a thing of the past in the minds of all too many in today's
genre of thinking equally on these matters I fear to say here.
A great wartime story, Humphrey Bogart thinks he has been jilted
by his girlfriend of a period of time played by the beautiful Ms.
Ingrid Bergman. When he leaves Paris for Casablanca and later
runs into her again at his Cafe, he is unforgiving of the fact that
she left without explanation at the time they lost contact in France,
and demands to know if "she does this habitually?' suggesting she
lacks virtue even, as he asks "were there others in-between or
aren't you the type that tells?" This is unacceptable behaviour in
my own view, he is treating her with disgust and with a sense of
moral indignation of dubious validity no doubt - as it turned out
that she had left him to rejoin her husband - a war hero of the
resistance movement, who she had previously feared dead, but was
Nonetheless, Bogart fails to give up on his bad feelings for having
been disappointed, and refuses to help Ilsa (Bergman) and her
husband escape from the Nazis by giving them the transit visas he
had in his possession from a stroke of luck - providence as it turns
out, because in the end, he does give them up, but only after Ilsa
feels forced to offer herself to him in exchange for seeing her
husband get away alone instead.
Oh well, all's well that end well I suppose. next time they script a
movie like this one I hope it will be with a star who is willing to give
a woman as good a break as she has given him by grating him
friendship and even intimacy for the time she had - as chivalry
asks of him and asks of us all men that are good and decent
I think so anyway.
Michael Rizzo Chessman