Episode 80: Casablanca (1942)

It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the Bit Players talk about the iconic 1942 World War II film Casablanca on this week’s podcast. As with any film that has earned the reputation that Michael Curtiz’s film has, the guys look at it through a modern populist moviegoer’s perspective and see how it holds up to scrutiny. It’s a particularly interesting war movie in that it was released during the war itself, so they break down what, if any, implications the contemporary political landscape had on the film. Ultimately the guys look back at the film as favorably as possible, given the fact that they like Marvel movies and Casablanca is like a hundred years old and in black and white.

Casablanca (1942)
Director
Michael Curtiz
Stars
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Selected By
Anders

4.6

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Aired Monday, December 19, 2016

It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship as the Bit Players talk about the iconic 1942 World War II film Casablanca on this week's podcast. As with any film that has earned the reputation that Michael Curtiz's film has, the guys look at it through a modern populist moviegoer's perspective and see how it holds up to scrutiny. It's a particularly interesting war movie in that it was released during the war itself, so they break down what, if any, implications the contemporary political landscape had on the film. Ultimately the guys look back at the film as favorably as possible, given the fact that they like Marvel movies and Casablanca is like a hundred years old and in black and white.

Episode 3: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This week, the guys talk about David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. They explore not only the grand visual spectacle that Lean was able to capture and turn into a massive success at a brisk four hours, but the way that Peter O’Toole was able to deliver such a nuanced and dynamic performance that charts T.E. Lawrence’s life through a sea of self-doubt from eccentric mapmaker to megalomaniac demi-god over the course of the film, and the implications that the performance has as a statement on the nature of man and destiny. The guys have a great time discussing a virtually unanimous classic and come to find that they might not all feel the same about it. Also, they reveal what their own desert mirages would be and the worst places to find sand after a sandy adventure like ol’ Larry’s.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Director
David Lean
Stars
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

Selected By
Clark

5.0

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About

Aired Friday, April 10, 2015
This week, the guys talk about David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. They explore not only the grand visual spectacle that Lean was able to capture and turn into a massive success at a brisk four hours, but the way that Peter O'Toole was able to deliver such a nuanced and dynamic performance that charts T.E. Lawrence's life through a sea of self-doubt from eccentric mapmaker to megalomaniac demi-god over the course of the film, and the implications that the performance has as a statement on the nature of man and destiny. The guys have a great time discussing a virtually unanimous classic and come to find that they might not all feel the same about it. Also, they reveal what their own desert mirages would be and the worst places to find sand after a sandy adventure like ol' Larry's.