Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Special screening Wednesday of 'Casablanca' at Edwards Grand Teton theater

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in 'Casablanca,' the Warner Bros. classic that will be screened Wednesday at the Edwards Grand Teton Stadium 14.
I would like to encourage anyone who hasn't seen "Casablanca" to get the the Edwards theater on Wednesday, where they will be showing the classic at 2 and 7 p.m.

The movie is being presented by Turner Classic Movies, and I'm sure the print and picture will be pristine.

Shot in black and white, "Casablanca" is unlike many movies you are likely to see in our day and age. What does it have that today's movies lack? Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, for starters. It has wit, romance, great acting, great music, a fantastic script and nobility of spirit.

Bet you didn't know that Ronald Reagan, a contract player for Warner Bros. in 1941, was originally slated to play expatriate saloon owner Rick Blaine. I have a hard time imagining what the movie would have been like with anyone other than Bogart. History would have been different.

"Casablanca" is exactly two hours long, and I promise you it will seem like less time than that. I am willing to personally refund your money if you do not come out of "Casablanca" feeling like you have seen one of the great movies of all time.

Here's looking at you, kid.