Having mostly seen it on CRT TV screens, with their limited resolution and contrast, I was struck by the amount of detail the film captured, when I first/finally saw a restored print on a high quality, IPS high definition screen.
In the nighttime shots, the delicate and nuanced swirls of cigarette smoke through the air.
If you like "Casablanca" but don't know other films from that era, you really owe it to yourself to check them out.
You can start with Bogart, for example, a couple of other films with him that are personal favorites: "Dark Passage" and "The Big Sleep".
Some things, such a sexuality, were more nuanced (my word for the day, I guess) and implied, in those days; but don't tell me they weren't there. And in some ways things were a little more direct; adults were adults, and some of the humor along with it.
There are also any number of excellent comedies, often as sophisticated as anything we have today.
I've had a few younger friends who tell me, 'I'm not interested in that old stuff.' Until I get them to watch a prime example.
When the time came for the scene in which Victor Laszlo defiantly sings “La Marseillaise”, one character actor noticed everyone was crying: “I suddenly realised they were all real refugees.”
If I had to pick a single movie scene as my favorite, it would be that one.
What I like about Casablanca is nobody knew they were making a classic. It was just another movie they churned out like an episode of Friends.
You grow up hearing over and over that Casablanca is such a great movie that when you finally see it and find it to be a great movie, it’s hard to tell whether that opinion is even your own.
Due to another post in HN, I've discovered a fact that really astonished me: the movie was released during the war! And Hitler was winning!!!
Nobody knew what would happen. The characters are fantastic, from the French who must obey to Vichs government, to Rick that perfectly represents America's position.
I've watched it with my 10 and 12 years old sons. Had to pause a lot to explain things, but we all loved it.
Step 1 - make sure everyone has a drink in their hands before each scene begins.
Step 2 - if they don't have a drink in their hands when the scene starts make sure the scene involves fixing or pouring a drink.
Casablanca is a great movie.
It has more memorable lines that any other movie, save perhaps Princess Bride. People know the lines who have no idea they were in the a movie (and some even weren't).