Casablanca Themes

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Casablanca is a film directed by Michael Curtis and was released January 23, 1943. The film’s genre was Drama/Romance with a runtime of 102 minutes. The main characters are Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart, Ilsa Lund played by Ingrid Bergman, Yvonne played by Madeleine LeBeau, and Victor Laszlo played by Paul Henreid. This Critique will outline the storyline, Cinematograpy, and overall themes of the film. These themes include the inability to escape your past, the difficulty of Neutrality, and the airplane that took people out of the country. The story line of Casablanca is a film about a man named Rick Blaine whom is the owner of a very popular nightclub and casino in Casablanca. Rick discovers that his old friend Ilsa is in town with…show more content…
The theme of the film is the inability to escape your past. Rick was a very bitter person throughout the movie because of the past. He was an anti-fascist supporter in both the Spanish Civil war and the Ethiopians. This is an example of not being able to escape your past because Captain Louis Renault, played by Claude Rains, tells Rick of a well-known rebel fight that will be at the nightclub that night and warns him not to help him. The only reason that Captain Louis Renault would tell him that is because he is aware of his past as an anti-fascist supporter. Another example of the inability to escape your past is the return of his old lover Ilsa. Once again Ilsa was the reason for all of Rick’s bitterness. Ilsa returns to find Rick because her husband is in need of Rick’s help. At first Rick was reluctant to help them but eventually gives in after she confesses that she still loves…show more content…
Once again, the main characters were Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart, Ilsa Lund played by Ingrid Bergman, Yvonne played by Madeleine LeBeau, and Victor Laszlo played by Paul Henreid. The main topics covered throughout this critique were the storyline, the cinematography, and the overall themes of the film. These themes include the inability to escape your past, the difficulty of Neutrality, and the airplane that took people out of the

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