The other day I watched Casablanca for the first time. Seeing as it came out almost 80 years ago, I appreciate I’m a little late to the party. I turned off my phone and committed to this legendary piece of cinema that features in most top 10 lists of the greatest movies of all time.
And whaddya know? It turns out everyone is right – Casablanca is brilliant. I’d seen so many clips over the years that much of it was familiar but I still got a thrill from seeing Humphrey Bogart swagger around Rick’s Cafe looking sensational in a white dinner jacket. Ingrid Bergman was mesmerising, the music was fantastic, the cinematography was hypnotic. So this is why everyone raves about Casablanca, I smiled, as the credits rolled on the black and white classic.
What else from the pantheon of great films had I missed? It was time to take action.
What’s first? I live in a desert so how about Lawrence of Arabia. Why hadn’t I had seen this Peter O’Toole epic directed by David Lean that won seven Oscars? The three hour 48-minute running time might have had something to do with it. I prepared snacks and got stuck in. Wow, what a beautiful film. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.