Movie : Casablanca


I was excited when I was gifted with a DVD of this movie not because it won three Academy Awards (for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay) but because I love the theme song, ‘As Time Goes By’.

Set during the Second World War, it tells of how the Americans in Germany had to escape to Casablanca in Morocco through Paris to “wait and wait and wait…”

With flashbacks, we see footage of the war, in particular how the Germans invaded France. It was at Cafe Pierre in Paris that news about the war was announced. It was also where the male and female leads declared their love for each other and the beautiful song was heard.

Much of the film takes place in Rich’s Cafie Americain in Morocco. What appealed most to me was the resident piano player, Sam, who not only played the song many times throughout the film but also sang on one occasion! The lyrics of the song are as meaningful as some of the dialogues in the movie:

You must remember this

A kiss is still a kiss

A sigh is just a sigh

The fundamental things apply

As time goes by


When two lovers woo

They still say “I love you”

On that you can rely

No matter what the future brings

As time goes by


Moonlight and love songs, never out of date

Hearts full of passion, jealousy and hate

Woman needs man

And man must have his mate

That no one can deny


It’s still the same old story

The fight for love and glory

A case of do or die

The world will always welcome lovers

As time goes by


You better believe it when I tell you what I mean

Of all the gin joints and you had to walk into mine

You played it for him,

Now you get to play it for me

As time goes by



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