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Film Review

Nov. 26th 1942

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Film Director

  • Michael Curtiz

Main Actors

  • Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)
  • Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman)
  • Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid)
  • Captain Renault (Claude Rains)

A classic love triangle between a woman and two lovers, Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz in 1942, is an old Hollywood romance. The film takes place in Casablanca, Morocco, during WWII. The main characters are Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), the owner of Rick’s Cafe, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s former flame and the current wife of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), and Captain Renault (Claude Rains), the man in charge of capturing Victor Lazlo. The main summary of the story is about Rick trying to help Ilsa and Victor escape Casablanca from the European forces who are trying to catching them.

Ilsa desperately needed help from Rick to flee out of Casablanca, in order to guarantee her and Victor’s safety. Rick was currently in his conflict about meeting his old flame, and Ilsa asks a favor to Rick for a help. Ilsa’s husband Victor, was a rebel from the Nazi’s and needed to get out of Casablanca to be safe, and Ilsa knows Rick is the only one to help them. Captain Renault was actually in Casablanca to capture Victor and Ilsa. While Victor and Ilsa were desperate of escaping Casablanca, Rick had a great time spending with Ilsa, and she was balancing her love between Rick and Victor.

During World War 2, Europe was not very safe for living, and many people needed to migrate to be safe. Because the Nazi’s conflict between the army and citizens have not yet finished, people were living with fear. Some people wanted to escape Europe, one of the frequent area where war occurred. However, to get off Europe, people needed visas to immigrate. At that time, only riches could afford visas, where the poors need to still the visa, or escape illegally. Casablanca also illustrated the scenario in WWII that shows Ilsa and Victor fleeing from the Nazi to be safe.

In the end, Ilsa and Victor succeeds to escape Casablanca with Rick’s help. The last moment of Ilsa and Rick farewell shows miserableness from Rick, leaving his flame, and mixed emotions from not only the characters in the Casablanca, but also the audiences. One of the moments that tightened our mind was the chase part between Captain Renault and Victor. This movie can be adequate to people who loves both romance and adventure. Casablanca shows deep Romance between a normal person and a rebel, and a woman’s love can control men on her actions.