|Casablanca finale at the airport|
Instead, watch the 1942 film Casablanca. Maybe watch it a couple of times, at least long enough to learn to sing along with La Marseillaise.
Maybe watch it with a few friends so you can all boo the Nazis and cheer for the Free French.
You haven't ever seen Casablanca?
Well, the film is set in Casablanca (Where the $%*&;#+! else?) just before the U.S. jumped into World War II.
The owner of a swanky bar (played by Humphrey Bogart) is nursing a broken heart, broken by Ingrid Bergman who plays the role of an idealistic young political activist, whose activist husband is being hunted by the Nazis. The bar is a hotbed of politics, intrigue, and features great characters.
Oh, and the film features great music, too, including the classic, As Time Goes By.
The Nazis are as despicably evil as you can imagine. And the heroes are, well, damned heroic.
And when you get to the end of the movie, I'll bet you'll be ready to sign up to join the Free French garrison at Brazzaville. I always want to.
Vive La France! Vive La Democracie!
Below is a short video clip of the scene in which Victor Lazlo (Ingrid Bergman's on-screen spouse and hated by the Nazis) uses La Marseillaise to rouse the crowd. It gets me on my feet every time, too.