Casablanca (1942)

Synopsis:

Personal opinion: It’s odd and unfair that after a career that spanned over more than 25 years (exactly half of his life) and that consisted of 120 films (at least), Conrad’s best-known film remains nowadays the classic “Casablanca”, in which he had only a supporting role – but very effective, indeed. Everybody remembers him as the ruthless, elegant, imposing and demanding Major Strasser of the Third Reich. Conrad looks impeccable in military uniforms, and he has some good scenes, too. One of my favourites is the duel between the Germans’ song “Die Wacht am Rhein” and the French national anthem “La Marseillaise”. Also impressive are the opening and the ending sequences. “Casablanca” reunited Connie with Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart, but he didn’t get to see the final film, because he died a few months later from a massive coronary thrombosis.

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