Casablanca, 1942, Classified as a romantic drama, this is one is also ever bit a foray into the shadows of noir. An all-star cast, Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Raines, and Peter Lorre. Set in Casablanca during World War II, Rick, ( Bogart), is caught between a rock and a hard place when he encounters an old love who is wedded to a new problem. This film is beautiful. Directed by Michael Curtiz, and, apparently based on a play ( I’m learning some of this as I go) by Murray Bennet and Joan Allison titled, “Everybody Comes to Ricks”, it wasn’t expected to do much of anything out of the ordinary at the box office. It went on to win the Academy Award for best picture. I’m not much of an Ingrid Bergman fan, this film though, is a favorite, and it isn’t just a favorite in America, note the subtitles on the clip.
The Blues Brothers, 1980 A musical comedy, and I think, action adventure, written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis, the Blues Brothers are on a mission from God. They’re getting the band back together to try to raise enough money to save the orphanage where they were raised. When you see the orphanage where they were raised, this doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense except as a premise for a fun movie. They’re just good Catholic boys, after all. A great cast, good music, and enough quotable one liners to keep it in the current lexicon of popular culture. “The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.”
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