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Casablanca (1944)

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Movie review: Casablanca
Introduction: Casablanca was a romantic and a politically based propaganda film back in the in the 1940s during the World War 2 era. How can a love story between two-star Actors in a very dangerous environment promote propaganda? The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by the American film company Warner Brothers.
Plot:
The love triangle between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogaiti) an American who owns a prestigious Nightclub in the political influential Casablanca finds out that his former Lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in Casablanca. Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) husband to Ilsa is a framed rebel whom the Germans are after, and his only hope are the Letters of transit that Rick that can save him.
The mood depicted is as the film begins is very Tense, as represented by the three different types of color tones on the relief map of Africa. There is a sequence of tones namely: light, middle and dark. The light tone was symbolic of Allied forces, Middle stood for neutral, and Dark stood for the Axis powers.
It’s important to notice that there is a turbulence of the Nazi regime and the commencing of world war two since hundreds of refugees flee their countries to escape the Nazis. From the open Air market, the level of tension in Casablanca is high. We see a person being shot by the police because of having expired legal documents and others are trying to gamble their way out by winning a lottery so as to afford Visas.

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Themes:
The theme of lost love: When Rick meets with Ilsa at his café with her Husband the atmosphere of the movie becomes intense since formerly the two had an affair back then in Paris. Sadly when Rick planned to leave Paris, his beloved mate never turned up. From that incident, Rick was left empty and devastated, but amazingly when she showed up at the café after it was closed, one can tell the two loved each other.
The theme of self-sacrifice: Victor puts his life on the line for choosing to fight against Nazi’s reign of tyranny. It is important to note that he even went to the Nazis concentration camp for his actions where he suffered harshly for being the leader of an underground resistance Force.
The Actors Choices and Consequences:
Rick: He decided to hide the Transit letters he had gotten from Ugarte whom he despised before he got arrested for his Evil crimes. It turns out those transit Letters were imperative since they offered one the liberty to travel to America, and they were very rare. Due to his choice his Cafe ended up being closed.
Victor: The man landed himself in trouble by printing material that criticized the Nazis reign no wonder has had been on the run for many years. The consequences of his actions were sad since he left his beloved wife lonely and empty while he was on the run. H faced much torture in the concentration camps, and later his wife fell in love with Rick back in Paris according to (Howard Koch, and Julius).
Ilsa: She decided not to tell her Lover Rick about the relationship with her husband. Due to her marital infidelity with Rick her husband later found out and she was turmoil trying to choose between the two men. She ended up going to the States with her husband and leaving a scar on both men
Conclusion: Casablanca was a classic movie back in the day. The movie was an eye opener showing how Casablanca was politically influential back in the days. It is evident when the film ends that propaganda trumps romance. If we look at a peek through history the US Participated with the Allied forces for Global democracy and justice as the Anti-fascist claimed.
Works Cited:
Howard Koch, and Julius J. Epstein. Casablanca: Script and Legend.
Woodstock, N.Y: Overlook Press, 1992. Print.

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