Some critics felt the story was equivalent to actual events then taking place in Europe, describing it as a "thinly veiled diatribe against American isolationism on World War II 's brink.
Although Rick professes to be neutral in all matters, he ran guns to Ethiopia during its war with Italy and fought on the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War. From left to right: Henreid, Bergman, Rains and Bogart Petty crook Ugarte boasts to Rick of "letters of transit" obtained by murdering two German couriers.
The papers allow the bearers to travel freely around German-occupied Europe and to neutral Portugaland are priceless to the refugees stranded in Casablanca. Ugarte plans to sell them at the club, and asks Rick to hold them. Before he can meet his contact, Ugarte is arrested by the local police under the command of Captain Louis Renault, the unabashedly corrupt Vichy prefect of police.
Ugarte dies in custody without revealing that he entrusted the letters to Rick. She is accompanied by her husband, Victor Laszlo, a renowned fugitive Czech Resistance leader. They need the letters to escape to America to continue his work.
German Major Strasser has come to Casablanca to see that Laszlo fails. Privately, Rick refuses to sell at any price, telling Laszlo to ask his wife the reason. Laszlo orders the house band to play " La Marseillaise ". When the band looks to Rick, he nods his head. Laszlo starts singing, alone at first, then patriotic fervor grips the crowd and everyone joins in, drowning out the Germans.
Strasser has Renault close the club.
When he refuses to give her the letters, she threatens him with a gun, but then confesses that she still loves him.
She explains that when they met and fell in love in Paris inshe believed her husband had been killed attempting to escape from a concentration camp. While preparing to flee with Rick from the imminent fall of the city to the German army, she learned Laszlo was alive and in hiding.
She left Rick without explanation to nurse her sick husband.
He agrees to help, letting her believe she will stay with him when Laszlo leaves. When Laszlo unexpectedly shows up, having narrowly escaped a police raid on a Resistance meeting, Rick has waiter Carl spirit Ilsa away.
When the police arrest Laszlo on a minor, trumped-up charge, Rick persuades Renault to release him by promising to set him up for a much more serious crime: When Renault tries to arrest Laszlo as arranged, Rick forces him at gunpoint to assist in their escape.
At the last moment, Rick makes Ilsa board the plane to Lisbon with Laszlo, telling her that she would regret it if she stayed—"Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Rick shoots him when he tries to intervene.
When policemen arrive, Renault pauses, then orders them to "round up the usual suspects. As they walk away into the fog, Rick says, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship".Exploring the Literary Genre of ‘Casablanca’ by Michael Curtiz. ‘Casablanca’ is a melodrama; a war move that explores of the universal themes of love and sacrifice, but when the film was released in , audiences viewed it .
One of the first known movies, Casablanca, was acted by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, directed by Michael Curtiz. The music of this movie was made by Max Steiner. The sound is one of the important components in the movie because it shows the emotions of the actors as it also shows the importance of the scene.
When you look at a Curtiz film you see that artistic quality and how the cameras moved, the close-ups, the use of mirrors. His initial American production, a film noir, The Unsuspected, is an entertaining movie; the opening to that is such a beautiful exercise in camerawork and lighting.
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The Use of Sound in Casablanca The film, Casablanca tells a romantic story in the midst of the uprising World War II. Through director, Michael Curtiz’s vision, and the subtle, yet emotional, expressions of Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman, the film remains a classic.
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