As I was channel surfing a few week ago I came across CASABLANCA and I stayed right through to the "beginning of a beautiful friendship." So much has been heaped upon this film that it's remarkable how it bears the weight and remains its beloved self.
Maybe I'm being too sentimental about the stars and the story: the best character actors ever surrounding the iconic Bogart and Bergman; fleeing refugees released to freedom; underground resistance; cynicism conquered.
And maybe that's because it feels so immediate. Rick calls out from the archives: "Someday you'll understand." And here we are all over again.