Monday, January 8, 2007

Casablanca at the Paramount

I'd never seen Casablanca before in its entirety, and after seeing it at Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre, I still feel like I haven't.

The Paramount shows classic movies on Fridays, and although it seems like a great idea, the sound at the Paramount was terrible. I'm guessing they decided to using original distribution materials rather than remasters. I'm no purist, so the beauty of that added touch was lost on me. I left extremely unsatisfied, after having missed nearly every third word. I guess if you've got the movie memorized, seeing it at the Paramount is a lovely thing, but if you're trying to fill in some gaps in your film history, avoid these screenings and get the DVD. I'm going to rent it soon so that the witty dialogue is intelligible.

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