The anti-CASABLANCA thread in Films and Filmmakers Posted March 28, 2010 Yes you have mischaracterized my statements but there is no need to apologies (but I do accept it and thanks for doing so). It is a knock on me to assume I'm so arrogrant to beleive my taste is the standard. The point about Casablanca being popular is that it is with critics as well as general movie fans and clearly with CFU fans (now this is a slobish comment, but I believe CFU fans are not your everyday film fan since they are classic film fans). I don't feel the two sentences (comments) I made are contradiction but I can clearly understand why they can be read that way. This is where we see it differently; there must be a reason behind it (e.g. quality). I'm not assume 'great' quality (but I will say the movie has quality but not to the level of 'greatest' so many believe it has. The 'reason behind it' is what is interesting here. The movie is NOT technically great but is one of the most popular of all time. So what are these 'reasons'. Many have already stated what these are and thus I will not repeat them, but you are correct those reasons don't add up to greatness. Sorry if you felt I placed you into the hardcore anti-Casablanca camp. Again, I don't think we are that far off in our opinion. Now I might like the movie more than you (again, becasue I'm a soft romantic!), but as to judging the movie from a critical POV I don't rate it as one of the top classic movies. What I do find interesting is separating what has depth and objective judgements (e.g. technical merits), from what people enjoy. For example, I like the B-52s Rock band. Now some of my jazz friends shake their heads since the music is really basic. But sometimes this is what I want; basic silly music. But I woudn't try to compare this music to be-bop jazz or Mozart. Nice discussion and since this is a friendly site (which is nice), again, I hope you feel like me about this discussion; no harm no foul. Here is to classic movies!