Essay Casablanca Movie Review

1218 Words Jan 4th, 2010 5 Pages
The movie Casablanca tells the story of Rick Blaine, a bar owner in Casablanca. His heart breaks when Ilsa, his sweetheart, fails to join him in his escape from Paris before the Nazis invaded. Rick’s relationship fall-out begins the movie journey depicted in an authentic World War II time period. It was on a stormy night that Rick received a letter from Ilsa telling him that she wouldn’t be coming with him to Casablanca. Realizing he has been dumped, he sadly hops onto the train and rides off to Casablanca by himself.
According to Jim Piper, “Films aren’t just about people; they are also about the relationships people make…Often, in fact, a relationship is the movie” (159). It is Rick’s relationships that make this movie. Rick’s
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If Ilsa had her way, she would remain in Casablanca with Rick to try to rekindle the relationship they had. Rick, however, wanted Ilsa to go and be with her husband. Rick’s journey was truly one of love. His final act of love for Ilsa involved giving up the relationship he wanted the most because of the love he had for her. Rick must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband escape Casablanca. He makes the right choice.
Filmed during World War II, Casablanca differs from most movies released during this time period. Most films depicted the war in some way. The setting for Casablance focuses on the French refugees on their way to the United States. Every element fits the time period. “Period films try to capture the times – how people live, what they value, what they are willing to die for, and so on” (171).
The moviemakers try to capture and depict this World War II era with accuracy. This is done successfully with the period cars, clothes, hairstyles and scenery. The men wear suits with bow ties and cuff links. Officers wear appropriate uniforms with medals and appropriate patches adorning them. Their hair is kept in place with gel, parted at the

side and combed back. Both the men and women wear period hats. The women’s clothing is elegant and conservative, adorned by broaches. Their pin-curled hair is wavy and swept up. The cities look so convincingly real that the viewer…

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