Friday, February 15, 2008

A Theme Forgotten?

I watched Casablanca for the first time last night. I thought I'd hate it--too close to home or something. But I didn't. It's beautiful and true. And the end is perfect. You just know that Bogart is right--she would regret any other course, so famously soon and for the rest of her life.

I think it runs on the same theme as "Samson" by Regina Spektor (infra--or is it supra, since it went before even though technically it is below? I don't know.): There's a bigger picture here than What You Want, and what you choose matters in more than your personal little love story.

I was trying to think of more contemporary films that laud this theme, wondering if it was a lost or buried concept. Oddly, the only one that comes immediately to mind is Knocked Up.


ryan said...

That's cause you haven't seen Juno yet. Not quite as on point as Knocked Up, but that's probably unsurprising given that the main character is 16 instead of 26.

Jeri said...

OK Becca, you know that old adage "They don't make them like they used to"? Well, they don't. If you like Casablanca, here's a top five list for you:

+ The Maltese Falcon (also features Bogart)
+ Another Thin Man (screwball comedy meets fast paced, brilliant mystery. Features Jimmy Stewart in a supporting role)
+ The African Queen (Bogie again)
+ Double Indemnity (watch with Puck by your side, and make sure he's armed)
+ To Have and Have Not (Bogie yet again)