The movie Casablanca tells a story of Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, who runs the most popular nightclub in town. For many people, it may be seen as a pure romance film. But, to me this film tells us about how Rick managesa nightclub during war times, learns the reason why Ilsa,his sweetheart,never followed him on his way to Casablanca, and has to make the most difficult decision ever.
The first stage of the film starts during times of World War II in the city of Casablanca. Rick Blaine is a bitter, neutral, and cynical American expatriate living in Casablanca. First of all, He owns and runs, “Rick’s Café Americain”,an upscale nightclub and gambling joint that attracts a mix of people: French, Italian, and Nazi officers. Second, Uguarte, a petty criminal, arrives in Rick’s nightclub with, “letters of transit”. The papers allow the bearer to travel freely around German controlledEurope and to neutral Portugal, and from there to America. Uguarte plans to make his fortune by selling them to the highest bidder, who is due to arrive at the club later that night. Third, Uguarte entrusts the letters of transit to Rick, before he dies in police custody without giving the location of the letters. Lastly, the reason for Rick’s bitterness re-enters his life. His ex-lover, Ilsa Lund arrives with her husband, Victor Lazlo, a fugitive leader long sought by the Nazis. The couple need the letters to leave to America, but German Major Strasser arrives to see to it that Lazlo does not succeed.
Second, the film continues when Lazlo meets with Rick privately, but Rick refuses to part with the documents, telling Lazlo to ask his wife for the reason. Then, that night, Ilsa confronts Rick in the café. When he refuses to give her the letter, she threatens him with a gun, but unable to shoot, confesses that she still loves him. Next, she explains that when she first met and fell in love with him in Paris, she believed that her husband...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document