REAR WINDOW is hands down my favorite film. It's pretty recent, but I have to mention THE KITE RUNNER as a new gem. And AMÉLIE is joy given form.
Originally Posted by u-dog
The interesting thing about Casablanca and one of the reasons that it is so good is that EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in that film is a "A-list" actor from somewhere in Europe. Except for the lead actors (Bogart, Bergman, Lorry et al) the actors were all drawn from among refugees from Hitler's Europe.
Actually Peter Lorry was a refugee also. he was one of the few to be successful in Hollywood because he was able to master English quickly.
Also remember that it was filmed and released before WWII was over. Without giving anything away, the ending is heartbreaking and hopeful on a whole different level when you watch it with that in mind instead of as someone who knows how the war ends.