In choosing the movie Casablanca, I looked forward to re-aquatinting myself with a wonderful old classic Noir film. I wanted to know more about this film for a better understanding of the plot and symbolism, as well as the powerful mystique behind the film that has made Casablanca so enduring. Casablanca (1942), a review by Damian Cannon, movie review UK 1998, provided the following information: Amidst the Second World War the African City of Casablanca becomes the backdrop for Rick s Caf (where everybody goes), as well as the many dispossessed refugees, black marketers, and a variety of colorful characters, when resistance fighter Victor Laszlo enters the scene. The plot thickens and tension becomes palpable.
Accompanied by his beautiful wife Ilsa (Rick Blaine’s ex-lover), Laszlo soon finds himself immersed in the seamy underworld of Casablanca, and the constant menace of the Nazi occupation with Rick s Caf as the only neutral focal point. As the movie draws to a conclusion Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is forced to take a moral stand which leads to an interesting ending, with unexpected twists. Based on the play, Everybody Comes to Rick s, Casablanca was written by Murray Burnett, and directed by Michael Curtiz. Along with Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Laszlo; Casablanca boasts a stellar cast among them; Paul Hen reid as Victor Laszlo, Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault, Peter Lorre as Ug arte, and Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari.
... France. At first the movie takes place in December 1941 at Rick Blaine's saloon in Casablanca. Rick has to deal with some ... most memorable scene of the film for me was when Ilsa comes back into Rick's life. She begs Sam ... Casablanca was a very interesting film. The first time that I watched it, I ... and the war can effect people in love. This film makes me think about the relationship between many people. ...
It is noted that the movie classic one-line comments are still somewhat of a mystery, in that its appeal remains so strong more than fifty years later! I found Mr. Cannon s review of Casablanca to be clear and concise. A quick overview of the Casablanca plot is meshed smoothly with interesting and lesser-known information concerning the behind the scenes directing from Mr. Curtiz. Mr. Cannon shows excellent insight into Casablanca s more prominent characters and a good understanding of the movies plot and symbolism.
I agree with Damian Cannon s question and puzzlement as to why Casablanca has remained so appealing through so many decades. No one working on the movie planned on making a classic, and yet Casablanca has endured. Is it the wonderful one-liners, Humphrey Bogart s hard-boiled persona, or maybe the chemistry between Rick and Ilsa Personally, I enjoyed the continuous ebb and flow of humanity in Rick s Caf and the wonderful ongoing atmosphere. In conclusion, my understanding of Casablanca has increased, with greater appreciation for the central characters, and the plot that developed around them. Here s looking at you kid now takes on a whole new meaning!