“Here’s looking at you kid”. (Humphrey Bogart) When you hear this line it takes you back to Casablanca, a cinema masterpiece. To be truly called a cinema classic, a film has to enter the very fabric of our global conscience. What makes Casablanca a landmark film is its romance. Casablanca came about in 1942, a time when the world was embroiled in World War II. The film perfectly captures the natural pride and sacrifice. (Casablanca, DVD) This film was based on a play entitled “Everybody Goes to Ricks”. This is simply a tragic love story. Unlike many romance movies, this is more like real life where most people don’t end up with who they truly love. (Humanities 160)
Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, and Ilsa Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman, led the troop of extraordinary players. Rick Blaine is an American who owns Rick’s Café Americain, a stylish nightclub and casino located in Casablanca. This gentleman by the name of Ugarte comes into the bar and asks Rick to hold some important letters of transit for him. Rick was very weary to take the letters, but accepts them anyways and hides them in the piano played by his house musician, Sam. A policeman by the name of Louis is always around Rick and at his bar. He warns Rick of upcoming arrests and also mentions Victor Laszlo, a famous Czech nationalist, will be arriving in Casablanca and warns him against trying to assist Laszlo, whose political views are a threat to Nazi Germany. Laszlo enters the bar with Ilsa. They have come in search of exit visas. Everyone is trying to escape to America. Ilsa and Sam recognize each other and Sam begins to play her favorite song “As Time Goes By”. Rick is furious that he is playing that song and he sees the love of his life sitting before him. Rick flashes back to a time when he and Ilsa were in Paris. The flashback shows how in love they were and everything that was going on back then. When they hear the German Army was approaching Paris, he proposes to Ilsa...
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