You Must Remember This…

casablanca3a“Hey Mr. Bray,” said the young fella who had popped round to see The Eldest Princess, “do you like watching old movies?”

“Why, yes I do.” I replied.

His face lit up, “Me too! I really love the classics like Terminator, Alien, Die Hard, Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon!”

Apparently these movies are old now?!

Anyway, a genuinely old movie turned seventy recently, Casablanca; a ripping yarn of love and loss set in Morocco during World War 2. So, if Lethal Weapon is old, then Casablanca is positively ancient. For those of you who missed its’ premiere back in 1942, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, the cynical American owner of a nightclub that some creative genius named, ‘Rick’s Café’.

Rick is stunned when his ex-girlfriend, Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, shows up in town married to Victor, a resistance fighter on the run from the Nazis. Rick still loves Isla, so will he help her escape with her husband, or will he turn her hubby in to the Nazis? For the answer, you’ll have to hire it, or borrow Great Grandma’s copy.

And although the film is seventy years old, many of its’ catchphrases are still going strong:

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

Play it Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’. Note: Ingrid never said, “Play it again Sam”, and you may be surprised to learn that Sam couldn’t even play the piano!

Round up the usual suspects.

It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.

Plus arguably the most famous movie line ever uttered: Here’s lookin’ at you kid.

And Rick’s final line in Casablanca could be a timely message for my young friend: I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. So next week we’ll time travel back to the 1970’s, where he’ll discover that ‘Rocky Horror’ is another great movie, and not something you wake up beside on a Sunday morning after a big night out in Rockhampton, because “… the fundamental things apply, as Time Goes By!”

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