Casablanca is my favorite film of all time. It’s one of those movies that I never tire of watching. In fact, one of my first dates with my husband was watching it while eating homemade pasta. Each year we have a tradition of watching this perfect film at least once together.
Last year (7/15/2011), he surprised me with tickets to watch Casablanca accompanied by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, a venue that allowed us to bring blankets and watch the film from the lawn with a bottle of wine. It was a perfect summer evening; I had no idea what an amazing experience this would be. It was an incredibly moving feeling to be surrounded by hundreds of people who were laughing, crying, and cheering along with me. This film, which still has the power to move me after countless times watching it, had the same effect on so many others. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra added a new and exciting element to the film. Because it was a live performance, there was no room for error. The Orchestra had a responsibility to maintain and enhance the sheer power of this film. I’m sure that any Casablanca fan would agree that one of the most important elements in this film is the music. Who can watch this film and not swell with emotion as Victor Lazlo commands the band to play “La Marseillaise” in an attempt to overpower the evil Major Strasser and his comrades? The Orchestra fulfilled my expectations in every way; it was indeed a compelling performance.
This year (6/14/2012) my husband and I watched Casablanca on the big screen at The Fox Theater in Atlanta. Because The Fox is designed in the theme of an Arabian desert, it was the perfect setting for Casablanca.
The previews for the movie featured a Looney Tunes version of the film: Carrotblanca. (The crowd seemed pleased with the choice of Pepe Le Pew to play Captain Renault.)
I sincerely hope that we are able to find another fantastic showing of Casablanca next year! I can’t wait to share my passion for this film with other fans all over again!