I drove an hour tonight to enjoy a really unique movie experience. It was the 70th Anniversary of the movie Casablanca today and across the country, participating cinemas were doing a one day only showing. I figured it was my only chance in my lifetime to see it on the big screen. Thanks to TCM, it was possible.
This is a movie I have seen dozens of times and in my opinion, nothing is kewler than Bogart. I once watched the movie with a friend and we tried counting all the cliché lines that originated with the movie. We quit counting at like 2 dozen. I was really excited when I reached the cinema although I didn’t know what to expect.
I was worried about attendance. Would anyone show to see an old classic like this? I shouldn’t have been worried. Even on a weeknight, the cinema was over half full. Really, a good showing because the cinema had no signs up for the event and the only real advertising was via TCM. I guess a turnout like that says something to TCM’s viewership.
In spite of all the times I’ve seen the movie, this was the first time I got an audience reaction. It was great to hear a theater laugh at all the wit in the movie. And if you have ever seen the movie, you know there is a LOT of wit. Even though I am sure 99.9% of the people knew the movie, it really did feel like you were seeing it for the first time.
I was also amazed by how many little things I picked up on that I never had on tv or via dvd. This was especially true with the acting. I remember one scene where I noticed a twitch Bogart did that enhanced his anguish. It was perfectly timed but I had never noticed it before. It showed up great on a big screen. This really shows that there is something unique to a big screen experience that can’t translate to small screens. Something to keep in mind as technology changes.
I also appreciated that TCM did a little background on the movie before it began showing. I knew most of what was presented but Casablanca is a legend not only in the final product but also in the WAY it was made. Actors got revised scripts the day they went to shoot. Scenes were written the night before. The writers came up with the ending driving to lunch. The casting process was crazy as well. No one thought this was going to be a hit but it turned out to be one of the greatest movies of all-time. So it was nice of TCM to delve into that just a bit.
This was just an overall movie going pleasure. A simple reminder of what movies can be about. I am really glad I made the effort to go and see Casablanca on this special day.