(95) The best words to illustrate the strength of this film fall between the “fade in” and “fade out” of its screenplay, which was only half-written when production began. It seems absurd that dialogue this exquisite was being hurried to set each day. Casablanca is the classic story of a likable scumbag who, secretly harboring a strong set of principles, eventually finds the strength to do the right thing. Not before, nor so far since, has it been played and shot so brilliantly. Small wonder Warner has kept it looking so good after all these years.
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