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Casablanca Essay

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Casablanca Movie Review

The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle against the backdrop of the conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. With rich atmosphere, anti-Nazi propaganda, superb musical scores, suspense, and unforgettable characters and memorable lines of dialogue, it is one of the most popular, magical and flawless films of all time - focused on the themes of lost love, honor, self-sacrifice and romance within a chaotic world. Morocco during the Second World War. Casablanca is the jump off point to get to Spain and then to America, but refugees must obtain a costly exit Visa ...view middle of the document...

Rick is a cynic, tossed into a chaotic yet romantic world, and comes forth victorious. In Casablanca, we emerge with a feeling of hope, and joy, that the forces of good can win, and that eventually we will triumph over our enemies, wherever or whatever they may be. Feeling that we would just as soon turn our attention away from the war and hum a tune. Rick faces the ultimate human enemy, which is the unimportance of an individual.
Rick exemplifies this theme, as he relates to Ilsa: "The problems of two little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." Simply put, individuals do not matter. The events surrounding their world and time overpower those of the individual. Casablanca deals with a festive arena in the midst of war, Rick's Café Americain, yet it is set in a typical place that is
different from the surrounding world. Outside Rick’s war wages on, but inside the kindly café, an atmosphere of warmth and freedom emanates. Yet it is soon crushed by the iron fist of the Germans attempting to capture the rogue Lazlow. Forces beyond his control, which he wins in the end, tear Rick’s world apart. While slochky and romantic, Casablanca is a touching movie, and probably one of the best ever made during that time.

There are many classical quotes used in Casablanca, some of which we still hear being used today. The most famous of course would be 'here's looking at you kid", and who could forget, "play it again Sam", which later became a title for another film. "This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship", "but we'll always have Paris", "go ahead and shoot, you'll be doing me a favor", these are yet another three quotes, which stuck in the minds of audiences everywhere. These quotes help keep the movie and the memories of the actors and actresses alive even fifty-seven years after the original shooting. There are a few not so obvious occurrences of symbolism within the movie. It has been said that Rick and his nightclub represent America's "neutral" position before the attack on Pearl Harbor and before the US involvement in the Second World War. Rick is a symbol for American isolationism, the guy who does not get involved until the last...

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