It's been 70 years since they filmed Casablanca and it remains on the short list of the greatest films of all time. If you haven't seen it, you should. To start with, the two leading characters, Bogey and Ingrid Bergman, are two of the best in Hollywood history. There's nobody in Hollywood today in their league. Bergman was beautiful and talented. And Bogey, was. well, Bogey.
And it was so well written. We remember the lines. "Here's looking at you kid,'' "I'm shocked, shocked,'' "We'll always have Paris,'' "Play it, Sam.'' He did not use the word again. And the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
The movie was so good that they've never done a sequel. There have been attempts but they've never gotten off the ground. How can you do another Mona Lisa? Now there's another attempt with a screenplay written by one of the original authors in which Bergman got pregnant the night she begged for the letters of transit and her son was born in America and raised by Victor and comes back to Casablanca.
By the way, I don't know if you knew that during the filming, they hadn't decided whether it would end with Bergman staying with Bogey. She kept asking them to make up their mind because she would play it a different way if she knew which man she would end up with. They had two endings and once they filmed the first one, they knew they had it and they never did the second one.
Anyway, here's a link to the story about the possibility of a sequel. I don't know how I feel about a sequel. It almost has to be a disappointment because it will be compared to the original.
Anyway, here's the link:
If you loved Casablanca as I do, it will bring back from warm memories
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