Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Genre: Romance, Drama, War.
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains.
Casablanca was filmed before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 07, 1941, but released after the attack, during that period America remains neutral and not quite sure if they will enter the war or not, some say it was created as a propaganda film to invite Americans to join the war and save people from dying against Nazis Atrocity, but it seems things are very complicated that time, just like Rick Blaine He sticks his neck out to nobody until Ilsa walks into his nightclub with her husband for some reason unexpected they’d crossed paths again. It was in no doubt a story about sacrifice and love in the middle of a chaotic world, It’s about making a good and wise decision against all odds.
Why it is one of the greatest movies of all time?
Not only they filmed it during the height of WWII, not only the film is strictly black and white, not only Humphrey Bogart portrays Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman portrays Ilsa Lund, but because the plot is very straightforward, and Humphrey Bogart played Rick so absolutely it, as the major player of the story, he personifies cynicism, and no interest on any living creature on earth, he operates a saloon pack of smoking and drinking refugees and some German Nazis who hates other human existence than them, a war film that doesn’t require any bombs or battle field, it simply a war between his interest towards his love for a woman who left him or interest in finding his real purpose on earth, although at first that wasn’t really clear though, but when he lost his cool over a song being played by Sam you’ll know he was an injured man.
All scenes were synchronized to one another like they are dancing, moving, advancing its plot at the right time. But what makes it considered as one of the greatest classics, was the script and the scenes that go with it making it very iconic and distinctive to its art. Director Michael Curtiz knows how to emphasize important details of every scene, but was not aware of its iconic substance, like when Ilsa stepped in Rick’s Bar and asked Sam ” Play As time goes by” when Rick was alone in the dark drinking all his misery and bitterness ” If she can stand it I can” he said to Sam and played the song for his boss, and while Rick is being tortured by its melody he said one of the iconic quotes ” of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine”, as the camera captures the heartbreaking expression on his face when he starts to drown himself with pure liquor of memories with Ilsa, it look so simple but it strikingly distinctive.
What are the conflicts of the story?
From the beginning of the story it was the War in Europe that has led people in Morocco, that obviously is one of the conflicts, but it was a woman who has led our protagonist to be bitter and sad, it was a bad experience he chose to forget, and pretend nothing has happened in the past, in an irony of war it was the conflict that has led them both together in Paris, but also led them separately in the end. It was the song As time goes by that connects us to Ilsa and Rick and their trouble, it was the beautiful voice of Sam that makes us nostalgic in Casablanca, it was a very beautiful but a sad story about love that still captivates people even if they have repeatedly watched the movie, although the ending should seemed to be otherwise, but for me it was one of the best, heartbreaking, and satisfying ending in cinematic film, I wouldn’t want any ending than that it was a clear cut.
© Eessangj Sept. 2020