Casablanca Movie Review

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Catherine Cox
October 10, 2011

Casablanca Movie Review
Grade 9 drama A

The movie watched from September 26th to the 28th in Mr. Sheridan’s class was Casablanca. It was produced by Hal .B. Wallis, directed by Michael Curtiz with music done by Max Steiner. It is based on a play written by Murray Burnett and Joan Allison called “Everybody comes to Rick’s”, a contract was signed by the original writers, giving Warner Bros. complete ownership of the play. Warner Bros. then hired Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch to write the screenplay. The stars hired for the film were Humphrey Bogart who played Richard (Rick) Blain, Ingrid Bergman who played Ilsa Lund, Paul Henreid who played Victor Laszlow, Claude Rains who played Captain Lois Renaud, Conrad Veidt playing the role of Admiral Strasser, Sydney Greenstreet who played the role of Mr.Ferarri, Peter Lorre who played Ugate, Leonid Kinsky who played Sascha, Madeleine LeBeau who played the role of Yvonne and Dooley Wilson, playing the role of Sam. Casablanca has two setting throughout the movie. The first is in the continent of Africa, the country of Morocco, in the city of Casablanca in 1943. The second is a flashback that takes place a year earlier in 1942 in Paris, France. Victor Laslow, an anti-Nazi who has recently escaped from a concentration camp and his wife, the beautiful Ilsa Lund (or Laslow) come to Casablanca in search of letters of transit so they can fly to Lisbon and eventually to America. Meanwhile, Richard Blaine the owner of the popular “Rick’s Café Américain” and the man who Ilsa had an affair with the previous year, has acquired the valuable letters of transit. Victor and Ilsa learn that the man, Ugate, who was supposed to sell them the letters of transit, has been arrested and killed and the letters are now in the possession of Rick Blaine. Ilsa is torn between the love she has for her husband and the love she has for Rick and tries to convince Rick to stay in Casablanca with her, and to give the letters of transit to Victor so he can safely escape. Victor then tries to convince Rick to take the letters of transit and escape to Lisbon with Ilsa so she can be safe and happy. At the end of the film, Rick surprises everyone by giving the letters of transit to Ilsa and Victor so they can safely escape. After shooting and killing Major Heinrich Strasser, a Nazi commander, to ensure Ilsa and Victor’s safe escape, Rick becomes friends with the local French police officer. A few subplots from the movie Casablanca were the Bulgarian couple trying to obtain exit visas so they could escape to America; The story of the man Ugate, who originally possessed the letters of transit before he gave them to Rick, and was later arrested and killed by German police officers; Yvonne’s story, the young woman who sits at the bar at “Rick’s Café Américain” in hopes of having rich men buy her drinks and take her home; and Captain Louis Renaud’s story, the French police officer who is willing to sell letters of transit to people who can afford them, and gives them to woman who will sleep with him if they do not have necessary funds. In my opinion, the author’s message is that of self-sacrifice, giving up what you want or what would make you happy for someone else’s happiness or well-being. How the author portrayed this message throughout the movie were in scenes such as the roulette game with the Bulgarian couple, where Rick allows the young married couple to win at roulette, losing money for the house, so that the young wife is in no way obligated to sleep with Captain Renaud. Another example of self-sacrifice in the movie was when Rick gives the letters of transit to Victor and Ilsa so that they can escape to America and live their life happily married, Rick also tells Victor that Ilsa loves Victor more out of the two men, and not to doubt that. At the end of the film, Rick shoots Admiral Strauser, risking going to jail, so that the couple...
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