Classic Film: Casablanca (1942)

Set in 1942, this enduring classic might be a little old fashioned, but it hasn’t lost any of the chemistry that makes it arguably the most popular romance film of all time.

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is an American ex-pat, who after encountering an ex-lover, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), has to make the sort of decisions he’s always tried to avoid. Rick runs an upscale nightclub in Casablanca, home to gamblers, Nazis, and resistance fighters. Soon Rick is tied up in a moral compromise, does he help Ilsa’s husband escape persecution, or does he flee with her himself? The ending is one of cinemas greatest moments, don’t expect a dry eye in the house.

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