CASABLANCA in the '50s
To fall in love with Casablanca on a first sight is easy, it's flourished in the haze of fantasy with Parisian-type cafes spill into the street beyond the sacks of saffron and cumin. The Art Deco grandeur is everywhere, in the detail, as if the streets of sleeping buildings know full well how extraordinary they are. Casablanca's romantic past inspires a trip to Morocco and you will probably feel the Casablanca presence hanging over the movie. "As big and timely a picture as ever you've seen! You can tell by the cast it's important! Gripping! Big!" And it was, the romance of two beloved Hollywood stars: Humphrey Bogart remains an international icon, the epitome of class – tough, cool and sophisticated – more celebrated and more respected today, and Ingrid Bergman famed for her saintly, natural beauty. Over the six decades Casablanca has grown in such a legend and its lines of dialogue can be quoted by people who have not even seen the film: "Here's looking at you, kid." And if the movie is known a masterful tale, then Casablanca is found as the oasis in the desert.