Casablanca as Political Propaganda Essay

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Casablanca debuted in 1942, shortly following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entrance into World War Two, although there was plenty of anti-Nazism sentiment, the movie fueled these feelings. There is pro-Allied forces propaganda to support the war, from the scene with La Marseillaise, to the characters of Renault and Rick, and to the last scene. Although the majority of the French patriots were elated to sing their national anthem, it created tension with the German soldiers who imposed their patriotic songs on the crowd, representing the imposition of Germany on France during the war. Captain Louis Renault, who tries to placate who he believes will be the winning side, seems flimsy when compared to Rick, the firm …show more content…
The anthem stirs up the patriotism in the people as they slowly join the fight, all of which is happening under the roof of an American man?s café. Without the American café, the French patriots would not have been able to fight and embarrass the Germans with the song, so with American equipment, the French are able to fight back. Variety Magazine in 1942 describes the film as having, ?splendid anti-Axis propaganda, particularly inasmuch as the propaganda is strictly a by-product of the principal action and contributes to it instead of getting in the way? It is just another facet of the variety of moods, action, suspense, comedy and drama that makes ?Casablanca? a number one entry at the box office? (variety). This message is important for American viewers especially because it emphasizes the necessity of the Americans in the war efforts and their vital role.
The characters in Casablanca all contribute to the political allegory, for example Rick is strong and isolated like America, Strasser is the typical Nazi general representing Germany, and Renault is compliant with the Germans like France. American Rick and European Louis look out for each other's interests throughout the film, just as America and Western Europe did once the United States entered the war. Renault had to obey and follow the Strasser?s demands until he had leverage and the knowledge that he could defeat or overcome
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