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Your History, my History and Rick’s History…..

Posted by inspir3d on January 1, 2007

I crossed the New Year lastnight watching a Warner Brothers HD-DVD edition of “Casablanca.” You know that fuzzy black and white melodrama based on the broad way play, “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by M.Burnett and J.Allison. The plot moves roughly at the speed of a motorized wheelchair from scene to scene under the guidance of veteran director Michael Curtiz.

The main character is, of course, Richard Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart. He’s a figure not so very different from Huan Guan in the confessions of the Singaporean gangster in London only a whole lot, street wiser with a heavy dose of world-weary cynicism. He’s the quintessential antihero, a man who proclaims,

“I stick my neck out for nobody. You hear me, nobody!”

At least that’s his philosophy until old flame Elsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) shows up, only for him to utter those famous lines,

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she has to walk into mine.”

Then all bets are off as Rick turns back into a noble and caring human being. Read the rest of this entry »

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