Casablanca

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Casablanca essay

Casablanca is a classic Hollywood movie where the setting is in French unoccupied Casablanca of 1940’s World War II era. The good portion of the movie has a love story theme centered on two people whose names are Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund. In the movie, Rick is the owner of Rick’s Americana bar and there his predictability is minimal as it can keep the audience guessing on his nature. He did play the part of the hero but kind of hard to notice his heroic nature in the beginning because it is hidden behind his mask of nonchalance and strength. Ilsa Lund is Rick’s former lover only by fate. She can be characterized as a simple lady who probably grew up in a small village Oslo and later met Victor who showed her the way of the world probably through his speeches and sharing his life and past accomplishments with her and is later torn in a love triangle with the two men. She thought her husband Victor Lazlo had died during his hiding from the German Gestapo in Czechoslovakia, therefore to avoid the loneliness she found her way into Rick’s arms and were happy together. Later she found out her husband was not dead and recovered somewhere outside Paris. When the Germans were matching into Paris, Ilsa decided she could not leave with Rick and went in search for her husband. Rick was crushed that Ilsa did not show up at the train station to leave with him and Sam, the piano player and he did not know the real reason for it and therefore left with a mystery and broken heart. Then ending of this classic Hollywood movie is not a usual love story between two men and a woman. In the present, Ilsa was really willing to leave with Rick in Casablanca instead of with Victor which opposes the traditional ending where the loser of this love conflict would be the better man and let the woman live a life with her man of choice only out of love. Rick partially played the better man but for both Victor and Ilsa knowing that if she left with Rick, she would regret...
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