Why did you come to Casablanca? (Renault) The waters.(Rick) But Rick, there is no water in Casablanca.(Renault) I was misinformed (Rick) From Goldfinger: "Do you expect me to talk" (Bond) No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die" (Goldfinger)
Favorite Scene From A Movie
"Play it Sam, if you can play it for her you can play it for me, PLAY IT!" ---(Bogey in Casablanca.....)----The reason I sleep all day is because I can't stand my life! (Bobbie in Carnal Knowledge)
"Here's looking at you kid" (Casablanca).....
"The start of a beautiful friendship" (ending of Casablanca)......
"Rommel, I read your book!" (Patton)......
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" --Rhett Butler to Scarlett in Gone With the Wind.........
"I'm as mad as HELL, and I'm not going to take this ANYMORE!" -- (Network)
""You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order!" (And Justice For All)
Bogart, Gable, Gregory Peck,George C. Scott,DeNiro,Michael Caine,Eastwood,Woody Allen,Richard Dreyfuss,Dustin Hoffman,Al Pacino,Jack Nicholson, Yul Brynner, Roy Scheider,
martin sorcese; michael mann;woody allen, stanley kubric,mike nichols
Posted on 01/05/13 08:34 PM | Last edited on 01/05/13 08:34 PM
A note to those that will never see the best blog ever written by myself.
Here's the front of my place. I'm the one on the right, the guy with a comical look on his face like his guts were kicked out. Ilsa Lund is the gal in the middle, my gesture to love. Her husband, or plaything, can't tell which, is Victor Laszlo head of an underground movement. They came to my place last night to be in the movies, but I had to tell them Casablanca is on the wrong side of the Atlantic and it is, after all, 1942. I informed them there is a world at war out here and they should go to Hollywood instead.
The start of my modern day problems. Ilsa nearly begs Sam to play the one song in all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world that I grew to despise. I thought I told him never to play that song again, but he forgets. Serves me right for being musical. Here is the scene that launched a thousand trailers As Time Goes By .....
Here's Sam (above), the one sitting in case you thought it was me in the with white tuxedo. I kept trying to tell Sam, my pianist, to play As Time Goes By. After all, if he can play it for Ilsa he can play it for me. Instead, Sam wants to go fishing, stay out all night and get drunk. He wants me to forget Ilsa. He says she's bad luck. Why should I leave my bottle? I can get drunk right here and save the gas.
Here's me and Ilsa toasting ourselves at the La Belle Aurore. She's the one in white, in case you have eye problems.She was telling me about having had braces on her teeth when she was 10. I told her I was roaming Brooklyn getting my teeth knocked out. I guess I had it coming when I picked up on her that fateful day.
We went to have drinks with Sam at some deserted bar called the La Belle Aurore.
We heard the sounds of artillary as the Germans approached her beloved Paris. Sounded like her heart thumping, but I made up something about German 88's being outside of town.
She couldn't let on she was married to Laszlo, he was a rabble rouser and a big pain for the Germans. She said the Germans would be looking for me, but I had a good throw away line and said I left a note in my room, that they would know where to find me.
Here we all are having a great time getting acquainted again. Captain Renault is the one with the black monkey suit and funny hat telling his man to search "for the usual suspects", an often quoted line.I always let Renault win at roulette in my bar. The waiter writes up his check and Renault tears them up. Works out great for him. I lose money on the deal.He says he's only a poor, corrupt official. Actually he's a cheap skate, but I got plenty of money to spread around. The drinks are all watered down and my employees have no benefits. Captain Renault fancies himself a real ladies man. I don't tell him that every gal likes a sharp dressed man, especially when its a uniform.
The Fat Man is Farrari (Sidney Greenstreet) standing behind Sam, the man sitting. He runs the Blue Parrot up the street.The Fat Man is always trying to lure Sam, my pianist, away from my place Cafe Americain. Sam says even at the higher salary he can't spend what he has now.I don't know why he would say that, I spend all his checks. But he always has a great suit to wear when he plays. Some people are cheap to keep, I count Sam as one of the cheapist. By the way, those nasty Letters of Transit are inside Sam's piano under my elbow in the picture.
Captain Renault searchs for them, fails and later berates himself for not being musical. Actually, he's just a flunky for the Gestapo. Here's a good shot of my place, Cafe Americain. Sam's the one at the piano wailing his heart out singing the classic Knock on WoodI run a first class joint here at Cafe Americain. You can tell because all the customers are civilians. Eventually that changes and some French and German soldiers get into a fight at my bar. Then the band had to play a German request and Victor Laszlo answered with a request of his own, the French national anthem. Pretty clever of him, but my bar got closed because of it. Major Strasse, the visiting German High Command demanded it. Capt. Renault complies. I called that Gestapo spank, meaning Renault is a pure suck up.
Ugarte (Peter Lorre) in his much younger days trying to light a cigarette. He's nervous because he lifted (stole)those two letters of transit. Poor fellow, if I gave him any thought at all it would be a major victory for him. I proved it in the film. I only despise a cut rate parasite.Mr. Ugarte (Lorre) comes to me in a big sweat. He lifted (stole) two Letters of Transit off some dead German couriers. Now he's begging me to take the hot stuff off his hands but I would only do it for the night. Boy, the joke was on me that time. Anyway, Ugarte thinks that because I despise him, he can trust me. Convoluted logic for sure.I was never lonely as long as I had those letters. Renault was after them, Major Strasse was after them, Illsa Lund was after them. I just smoked a lot.
Captain Renault quizes me about those letters of transit, papers that allow travel and cannot be denied. Ugarte left them to me.Captain Renault (Claude Rains) has two uniforms in the movie, one white and one black. Maybe this is pink, but the film was shot in black and white. The captain just had to tell me there were no waters in Casablanca. I told him I came there because of them. I guess I was misinformed. Instead, he thought I came here because I shot somebody or ran off with a Senator's wife. I'd kick him off that chair but I need him to keep my bar open.
Here I am next to Emile letting a Bulgarian boyfriend win at roulette. His girlfriend told me a tale about their needing money to leave for America.Some strange gal pleads with me to let her boyfriend win a few francs. Instead, I told her to see Capt. Renault, the dirty old man in the film. I must been a sentimentalist because her boyfriend won some cash. I told him to cash in his chips and never come back. Put it as a gesture to love.
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to come into mine".--- Monsieur Rick This is where I am as drunk as a skunk, trying to find the girl of my dreams at the bottom of a bottle.Ilsa pays me an untimely visit and we exchange a few choice words. She tells be the whole story why she abandoned me on our way to be married. She tried to revive our relationship, but it was all about getting those letters of transit.
Here's the closing shot in the movie. We couldn't kiss as our hats would have bumped. We wore big hats in those days.Perhaps the finest closing scene in cinema history, at least for a romantic drama. The floppy trenchcoat became my trademark. Here I am doing what Ilsa told me to do..... think for both of us. I did and you'll have to watch the movie to see what I decided.
Come on in, I always invite my friends.
Visit my Cafe American anytime on RT. We have plenty of time here, in Casablanca. M. Rick