A professor of mine defined four qualities a movie needs to be considered a great work. First, it has to address significant themes, and love, sacrifice, and war are among the most significant of themes. Secondly, it has to have noble language, and while the characters of Casablanca may not be quoting Shakespeare, the passion and fervor in their words is real. Also, the work has to speak across the ages, and the universality of the film’s themes makes it timeless. Finally, the film has to speak to you personally, and frankly, the “La Marseillaise” scene which so beautifully embodies man’s unquenchable devotion to freedom and country gives me chills every time.
"A sinister cabal of superior writers."