Freedom — Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Freedom — Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Smith, Michael

CASABLANCA As time goes by, this near-perfect classic impresses not only as a love story, but as a patriotic “No!” against assimilation into a heartless regime. Humphrey Bogart plays an American caught in the eye of the Nazi storm, running a Moroccan cafe where refugees barter for visas and freedom. His cynical shell gets punctured when he must choose between love and the larger cause of liberating Europe from the Germans. A breathtaking Ingrid Bergman makes it a tough choice. A bracing story of conscience and courage, here’s looking at you, kid–again.

MICHAEL SMITH is a senior at Wheaton College where he is editor of The Independent and an avid movie fan.

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