Over the last several decades, if you weren’t taking movie advice from Siskel and Ebert, you were most likely flipping through the movie guide of Leonard Maltin. His Movie Guide, first published during the 1960s and annually since 1988, became a necessity to anyone considering themselves a cinephile. If you never got your hands on it, you’ve certainly seen Maltin at some point during his 30 year stretch on Entertainment Tonight.
For someone so ingrained with movie culture and having viewed thousands of movies, there is one film that stands out to Maltin as his favorite. Chances are his choice is the same as yours if you’re a lover of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
“Casablanca,” Maltin says without hesitation of the 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. “I wish it was something more offbeat, I wish I had a more original answer, but that’s my favorite movie.”
Maltin’s obvious answer does come with from a genuine experience of enjoyment from viewing the film for the first time.
“I was a teenager when I first saw it — I think I was really an adolescent when I first saw it — and I saw it on a theater screen,” Maltin fondly recalls. “There was a big Bogart revival at one point. And to see that with an audience, in a theater on a screen at an impressionable age; it just won me over completely and I’ve never fallen out of love with it.”
Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition published and will include 16,000 capsule reviews and over 300 new movies. But an end to a hard copy of the guide doesn’t mean you will be without Maltin’s insight; he makes regular appearances on Reelz and continuously updates leonardmaltin.com.
~ E.J. Judge, CBS Local
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