The big-screen showing was part of BR's downtown summer movie classic series at The Shaw Center. It has been one of the most fun parts of the summer. Several girlfriends and I bought tickets to three showings -- one movie per month -- and wrapped the summer series up today with "Casablanca." The first was "Gone with the Wind," and the second was "Wizard of Oz."
As embarrassed as I am to admit my lack of having seen (or that as a kid, I fell asleep in) many of the great classics long before now, I'm also excited to have finally watched the movie where so many great (and often quoted) quotes originated, including:
- "Here's lookin' at you, kid."
- "I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
- "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into mine."
A funny aside from the movie is that Baton Rouge has its own Cafe Americain, but I never knew where the name stemmed from. Now that I do, of course, I'm craving it. ;-)
But back to topic: if you're like me and haven't seen "Casablanca," you must. Now. Today.
If you have, maybe watch it again, just for fun. The humor is timeless, and the history was poignant.