Run time: 102 mins
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into… The Rex on Valentines day.
On a shortlist of all-time classic Hollywood love stories, Casablanca must be close to the top. Come and enjoy every second of every line you’ve heard a million times.
You know the story but just in case: Bogart plays to his greatest-type, the seen-it-all, battered, laconic, tired, wisecracking nightclub owner Rick Blane. The ethereal Bergman who left him waiting at that rainy Parisienne railway station years before, walks into his bar and back into his life. Cue: “Moonlight and love songs never out of date… that no one can deny…”
Casablanca here Berkhamsted or wherever we show it, is dedicated to Peter Clark who played Capt Renault (Claude Reins) in Boxmoor Arts Centre’s live theatrical production set in glorious grey (March) and on the Edinburgh Fringe in (August) 1983. When he replaced his vast collection of vinyl with CDs, he gave me his precious turn-table and amp on permanent-loan. It’s still here, now permanently. Peter died for no good reason in August 2002 aged 55.
Here’s looking at you kid…