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Classic movies bring old memories to life

By Jim Gordon

Published 12:52 PDT, Thu July 22, 2021

Last Updated: 1:07 PDT, Thu July 22, 2021

Casablanca is an Oscar-winning Best Picture, romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt and Claude Rains.

It’s a simple story set in French Vichy-controlled Casablanca during the Second World War in December 1941. It focuses on an American expatriate who’s become a cynical saloonkeeper (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) or helping her and her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, escape Casablanca.

There was chaos that took place during the adaptation of the film script from the play Everyone Comes to Rick’s—like who would end up with whom? And let’s not forget about that last famous scene, and that great last line. It would be looked upon as just another Warner Bros. release that year…but it became so much more, that rare thing in cinema: a nearly perfect film.

The film solidified Bogie as one of Warner Bros.’ biggest stars. And Bergman was superb as the woman caught between two men. The supporting cast all delivered solid performances, including Rains who comes close to stealing the film with his performance as the corrupt police chief and you have that unforgettable song, As Time Goes By. Nearly 80 years after its release, this iconic film is looked upon as one of the greatest films ever made.

An Affair To Remember is a 1957 romantic drama starring Cary Grant as playboy/artist Nicky Ferrante and Deborah Kerr as nightclub singer Terry McKay. They meet on a trans-Atlantic voyage and by the time they dock in New York they’re in love. The only problem is they’re both involved with other people. After agreeing to meet in six months on top of the Empire State Building, Grant’s character is there waiting eagerly but in one of the most painfully sad scenes of lost love, Kerr’s character doesn’t show. She was in an accident on her way to meet him. Will they ever find each other? Will Kerr’s character send word of what prevented her from their reunion?

This remake was from the 1939 version called Love Affair with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. 

See the video movie review at richmondsentinel.ca/videos

Movie critic Jim Gordon reviews a pair of classics in the debut of the Richmond Sentinel’s “Couch Classics.”

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