The greatest of all movie closeups…

…is this one.

Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) listens to “As Time Goes By”

We watched Casablanca last night, and I remain as entranced by the film as I ever was. This close-up is one of the most affecting parts of the movie. The camera holds Ilsa’s face as she listens to Sam playing “As Time Goes By”, and she’s remembering everything that she knows she’s about to have to confront.

To this day, Casablanca remains that film that would be my favorite of all time, if not for Star Wars.

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