JOHN OSTRANDER: Casablanca At 70 – We’ll Always Have Paris

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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2 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    All I can say, John, is:


    I loved this retrospective look at CASABLANCA!!! YOU ARE A GREAT FILM TEACHER!

  2. David says:

    In my opinion, the biggest surprise at end of film is not the “Rick does not get girl and lives happily ever after ending” (normally such a sacrifice is played more tragic sacrifice by hero), but the surprise with “Louis”, who was corrupt and “any way the wind blows”, and yet ending is so believable on how he acts.

    Rick is simply doing as he has done once before, with a little bonus on how he handled the ‘girl’.

    Louis: he is moving in all directions at end of story before settling as nearly same as Rick, and it is believable as to why.

    Matter of black and white rather than grey: The final result Rick is “white” the final nazis at plane are “black”.

    Louis first completely betrays the “white” to the “black”.

    Louis then completely betrays the “black” to the “white”.

    And the big shift happens in matter of seconds in end of film all make sense.