Sunday, May 09, 2010
My Favorite Movie: Casablanca
I struggle sometimes with naming Casablanca as my favorite film. It's so many people's favorite that it seems like too easy a choice. Like I'm not really thinking about it. I'd much rather claim something less popular or counter-cultural.
On the other hand, it's got evil Nazis, the French Resistance, smugglers, an exotic location, dangerous underworld characters, an amoral anti-hero, an unapologetically corrupt police chief, and a beautiful woman (the beautiful woman, actually). But more importantly, it's a movie about redemption, and has the most heart-breaking romance I've ever seen. The characters in Casablanca have no easy choices and it's one of the few films that can consistently make me tear up in the same scene each time I watch it (it's that Yvonne and her "Vive le France" that get me). It's touching, it's funny, and it's exciting. Everything I want in a movie. It's perfect.