Posts Tagged ‘Casablanca’

Die Wunder der Enthaltsamkeit

Freitag, Oktober 7th, 2011

Wer diesen Blog schon länger verfolgt, der weiß, dass ich, bevor ich mich nach Australien aufgemacht habe, einer großen Passion komplett verfallen war. Dass es etwas gab in meinem Leben, was ganz klar an erster Stelle stand (sorry, liebe Freunde und Verwandte) und einen Großteil meiner Zeit und Energie konsumierte. Und dass ich überzeugt davon war, dass diese Leidenschaft – ich möchte fast sagen, diese Liebe – ewig währen würde. Ich spreche natürlich vom Film. Von Filmen. Vom Kino. Von der Macht der in Bildern erzählten Geschichte.

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Sneakers – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, September 17th, 2010

Review:

Combining genres is tough. Combining thriller and comedy is nigh-impossible. Sneakers still attempts it – with middling success. It’s an absurd story of professional thieves that test out security systems so that real thieves don’t break in who stumble over what may be the biggest invention in human history. The thrilling moments are rare and so are the funny ones, mostly due to a charismatic Robert Redford in the lead role, while the impressive supporting cast (Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn) is mostly reduced to being annoying. Nevertheless, the film manages to be solid entertainment – and often, that is quite enough to be remembered two decades later.

Random Observations:

Sneakers at the IMDb

The film features a pre-elder-statesman-aged David Strathairn, which just goes to prove that some actors are born to play one part, even if they have to wait fifty years to fit the role.

Nice bit of Fabricated Truth trivia: this is the first “proper” entry I write since my return. And even though I’ve been back for more than a week, this is the first new film I’ve seen. (I watched Casablanca again a couple of days ago, because it’s just that awesome.)

Casablanca – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Juni 24th, 2009

Review:

There are very few films that are perfect – Casablanca is one of them. Set in the titular town during December 1941, it’s a movie that is hard to define. It’s about the refugees desperately trying to leave a Europe at war. It’s about a love triangle. It’s about patriotism and fighting for what is right. It’s very unlikely that you don’t know the plot, even if you haven’t seen it, but if you do I suggest you savour that feeling for a little while and then watch the film. And for all those people who have seen it, this is definitely a film worth revisiting time and time again. It’s a beautiful story, full of iconic dialogue and with actors that really make the story come to live – in the dramatic and the comedic moments.

Random Observations:

Casablanca at the IMDb

The film is based on the unproduced play “Everybdy Comes to Rick’s”, but in the hands of several screenwriters it was changed and expanded upon immensely.

“As Time Goes By”, the song so central for the film, is one of very, very few songs I know the words to by heart. I’m not sure what that says about the song or about me.

Speaking of personal anecdotes, here is how I first saw the film: at an open-air cinema with my family. During the film, it started to not just rain, but pour and whatever else rain does when it comes down in copious amounts. I’m pretty sure I have never been so wet in all my life – and I didn’t know how the movie ended. Good thing that wasn’t in the pre-home video days…

I could quote from the movie here, but you all know the famous quotes already.

Minute Movie Review – Dodge City

Sonntag, Mai 4th, 2008

Review:

Errol Flynn is mostly known for his swashbuckling characters. But in 1939, he first turned to that once most popular genre – the Western. Dodge City is a small town in Kansas where the railroad that will one day span the country stops. Wade Hatton has helped the building of that railroad and when he returns years later, he finds the city in turmoil, with a single rich and evil man running things. And so he decides to clean up. Which today sounds like the stereotype of almost every Western (it was, in fact, used by Mel Brooks in his great satire of the genre, Blazing Saddles), was something new then – and the film is certainly still fresh enough to be watched today. Errol Flynn is a little too dapper for the rough West, but the film is still engaging and has some scenes that alone make it worth watching.

Random Observations:

Dodge City at imdb.com

The DVD edition of this movie is both great and awful. Great in that it adds a “Warner Night at the Movies” feature, where you can watch the movie in connection with the Movietone News, a short film and a cartoon, just like when it was first released. Awful in that the remastering of the film didn’t really work and that each reel of the film over time goes out of focus. When a new reel starts, the picture is back to a perfect quality, but it is still annoying to have several long moments where a distinctive blur can be seen.

Director Michael Curtiz later moved on to winning an Oscar for Casablanca.

The movie has an incredibly choreographed brawl scene. I’m not usually one for unnecessary violence in movies, but when it is so beautifully executed, all resentment may be forgotten.