'Casablanca' playing at Terrace

If you've never seen the film classic "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, on the big screen, you should take the opportunity to see it while it's playing at the Terrace Theater on James Island.

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The American Film Institute lists the movie as the No. 2 film of all time, and it's certainly been one of the most influential. Even today, there's political and social relevance to the film, as Charleston City Paper writes:

It certainly is a reminder that America just can't seem to make wars, or movies, like it used to.

Yes, here is the film that first gave the order to "round up the usual suspects" — to defy due process, in other words, with righteous moral privilege — as a way of protecting liberty from tyranny. Today, we're more likely to hear that phrase uttered with bitter irony, as a blown whistle against the perceived protection of tyranny from liberty.

Conservatives will lay nostalgic claim to the movie as an exemplar of tradition to be gotten back to; liberals like it, because its idealism is worldy, not naïve, and tough enough to triumph over both wrongness and cynicism.

But, really, it's just a damned good movie.